MNA André Fortin named as new Minister of Transport

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Kate Aley

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Following a cabinet reshuffle on October 11, Liberal member for Pontiac, André​ Fortin was named as provincial Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, succeeding Laurent Lessard.

Above, André​ Fortin with Premier Philippe Couillard (standing behind him) at his swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quebec.

Pontiac2020.ca asked Fortin about his new role.

P2020.ca: André, were you aware or were you warned that there might be a cabinet shuffle planned?

Fortin: There had been public speculation about a possible cabinet shuffle for weeks but we did not receive confirmation until the day prior.

P2020: What will your new responsibilities be?

Fortin: It was an honour to be named Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Electrification of Transport. As such, I am in charge of the transportation system in the province of Quebec, of the upkeep and development of our roads and infrastructure, of the funding and prioritizing of new public transit projects and of promoting the electrification of our transportation system. I therefore also sit at the Cabinet table, which sets out the broader course of action for the Government of Quebec, while continuing to sit at the caucus table with all my fellow Liberal MNAs.

P2020: Will this affect how much or how often you will be able to deal with issues on behalf of your elected riding?

Fortin: This will certainly be an exercise in schedule management and prioritizing. But first and foremost, I will always be the representative of the people of Pontiac. Making their views known and advancing local files is my first order of business, every day. That being said, the position also allows me to make our local views known even more broadly, which is will be a plus for the people of this region.

Photograph courtesy of André Fortin.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Sculpture to be unveiled this Saturday

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Kate Aley

I was lucky enough to be at the Town Hall when our new sculpture was being installed. I was determined not to take a picture of its exquisite beauty so as to not spoil the effect of its unveiling on Saturday 7th October at 1 pm.

Spoiler alert.

Culture Days exhibit the creative life

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Kate Aley

Since 1996, the Journé​es de la Culture (Culture Days) have presented admission-free creative activities which are open to all. Two local artists opened their studios to the public on September 29, 30 and October 1 in order to promote greater access to arts and culture.

Discover your creativity with free art lessons for the MoP

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Kate Aley

Print-making, collage, basketry anyone? The Municipality of Pontiac has funded nine free art lessons in Luskville, Quyon and Breckenridge to sate your artistic appetite this fall. Five teachers from local group Get Art will be teaching a variety of creative skills in three hour lessons over three Saturday afternoons in October. The classes are free and all materials and tools are provided.

The farm gate is open at the UPA Open Door event

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Kate Aley

Both country folk and city slickers came out for the 15th edition of the L'Union Producteur Agricole (UPA) Open Doors event on Sept 10. Luskville's La Riveraine, the only site within the Municipality of Pontiac, welcomed well over 100 visitors. They were able to tour the farm which dates from 1905, enjoying old machinery, tiny ponies and proud peahens, not to mention sampling some delicious pancakes.

Calling the MoP: come to the Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

Sunday 17, 2017.

When I was a know-nothing student in Australia, we were shown the Terry Fox T.V. movie (The Terry Fox Story, 1983) for religion class.... 

As I knew nothing about almost anything at the time, I didn't even understand it was all true.

Now I know a few more things and now Terry Fox is and will always be my true hero. 

A Summer... A Fair: a perfect play for everyone

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Kate Aley

Written by the wonderful Ian Tamblyn and brought to life by the equally wonderful Theatre Wakefield, A Summer... A Fair is a short play that will stay in your memory forever.

Part historical drama, part musical comedy and 100 percent heart, the play takes place in 1944 at the famed Cantley Picnic.

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