When I left the All Candidates Meeting for La Peche candidates on Oct. 21, I walked away energized by what I had heard, but also more certain than ever that it is time for a change.
I left knowing more about what the seven candidates in attendance stand for. They seemed eager to bring about positive change in our municipality. Most of them spoke of more transparency, more citizen involvement, better communication with citizens, and the development of a vision to ensure our municipality thinks before it acts.
I also left knowing more about what Jacqueline Lambert-Madore – the only incumbent present – stands for, even though she has already been acclaimed.
However, what I did not leave knowing more about was anything regarding the views and plans of the four incumbents who are being contested.
Do they want more Styrorails? A regional septic sludge plant? Expropriation? Those are just a few of the controversial initiatives these four men supported in the past four years.
Do they want more of the same, if elected? Who knows – especially since they did not attend the All Candidates Meeting and did not tell us their vision for the future.
On Nov. 3, I hope that all citizens exercise their right to vote. And I hope that La Peche votes for positive change, something that the impressive new candidates – people such as Nathalie Poirier, Josh Zambrowsky, Simon Ferraton, and Chris Harris – told us they would bring to our municipality.