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A 12 months 2023 marked by the financial and monetary state of affairs

Inflation, the rise in the price of residing and rates of interest, in addition to the worldwide geopolitical state of affairs will particularly maintain the eye of the MNA for Mégantic-L’Érable, Luc Berthold, at the beginning of the 12 months. The rail bypass at Lac-Mégantic may even be one among its precedence recordsdata.

“It is uncommon that we discuss this in a neighborhood interview, however at present we do not know the place the financial system goes. Usually, the precedence challenge I’d have tackled would have been the labor scarcity. That is nonetheless true for a lot of firms, however over the vacations, I chatted with a number of small enterprise homeowners filling out contracts for different firms. They surprise if they’ll have work for the international employees they’re ready for as a result of they’ve drops of their order books. […] Nearly all of our enterprise is with america. How is the financial system going south of the border? That is the unknown, ”he mentioned in an interview with Courrier Frontenac.

The impression of the price of residing on meals banks and fewer lucky residents can be a side of concern to Luc Berthold. “The financial state of affairs may cause concern, however we’ve already been by way of a lot worse and we’ll undergo it once more. Nevertheless, we should be conscious that we may cross an space of ​​turbulence. The federal government should notice this and it should not contribute to amplifying the disaster, however slightly assist to take care of it. »

The MNA may even proceed, together with his group, to assist the varied improvement initiatives within the area, as a lot as potential, in addition to to assist companies with labor wants. “We should be much more engaging in order that international employees wish to stick with us. As soon as in Canada, they’ve the power to journey from enterprise to enterprise. It is a problem that every one stakeholders within the area must sort out collectively. The state of affairs is analogous in every single place, however we must be inventive and revolutionary so as to discover methods,” argued the Conservative MP.


Subsequent July 6 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic rail tragedy that claimed the lives of 47 individuals. The bypass file will occupy an vital place for Luc Berthold. “Usually, every part ought to have been began, however ten years later, we’re nonetheless ready for it to be finalized. The extra time passes, the extra the prices improve. It additionally implies that there are individuals who doubt the need of the challenge, however the railway circumstances are the identical as ten years in the past. It brings problems in social acceptability which is harder than if it had been executed extra shortly. We should be certain that this file continues to progress. We owe it to the residents, to the survivors, to the households of the victims in addition to to the victims themselves,” mentioned the MNA for Mégantic-L’Érable.

Luc Berthold expects that, symbolically, one thing concrete can be introduced in 2023. He however signifies that the file has made nice progress in recent times. He additionally needs the homeowners of land the place the brand new route will go to be handled pretty.


The issues within the varied federal providers introduced lots of work to the plate for the workplace of the deputy. Requests for assist from residents to his group have certainly exploded in 2022 based on Luc Berthold.

“We now have turn into an annex for a lot of federal providers. The whole lot is damaged in every single place and the delays are very lengthy. There are individuals who wait months for an employment insurance coverage cheque. The Income Company is within the strategy of repairing the errors of the Trudeau authorities by claiming sums from a number of individuals who, amongst different issues, acquired an excessive amount of CERB. Individuals do not actually know react to this they usually do not have an evidence. So that they name their MP’s workplace. »

He additionally needed to focus on the work of his group, which is ready to reply the questions of residents who’re attempting to acquire data from the varied federal providers. “We’ll proceed to assist individuals, however the authorities should repair every part it has damaged over the previous three years,” he reiterated.

The dearth of administration, the adjustments caused by teleworking, thus bringing extra steps within the dealing with of paperwork, in addition to the inexperience as a result of wave of hiring in latest months are on the origin of this downside, specified the deputy.


The Conservative Celebration of Canada (CPC) elected a brand new chief within the fall, the MP for Carleton, Ontario, Pierre Poilievre. How does Luc Berthold see the way forward for his celebration after this different change? “Very nicely,” he mentioned. Mr. Poilievre is a chef with lots of charisma. He was in a position to hold the celebration collectively regardless of every part that occurred. MPs have kicked out a frontrunner and we’ve confronted one another for the previous 12 months within the management race. With one exception, we stayed collectively. »

He however admitted that there’s work to be executed in order that the brand new chief is healthier identified in Quebec. “Mr. Poilievre is able to representing the typical Canadian who receives his pay test each week and wonders how he’ll get to the tip of the month. His French is superb and I am unable to wait to see him debate with the opposite cooks. It’s also our position, the deputies in place, to make it higher identified. »

After serving as Deputy Chief in the course of the Conservative transition, Luc Berthold was appointed Deputy Home Chief of the Official Opposition by Pierre Poilievre. He took this appointment as a very good mark of confidence and he intends to place all this expertise on the service of the celebration and the inhabitants. “The position of chief leads me to be within the chamber on a regular basis, to maintain parliamentary work and to take over from my colleagues after they can not participate in committees. That of deputy chief additionally introduced me lots of visibility. My objective is to show this expertise into features for the area and the individuals right here. »


Will there be federal elections in 2023? Luc Berthold doesn’t consider him. “We’re nonetheless dealing with a minority Liberal authorities with the New Democratic Celebration (NDP) supporting it. How lengthy will this coalition exist? We have no idea it. The figures aren’t essentially favorable for the Liberals to resolve to launch them. »

The member for Mégantic-L’Érable additionally believes that individuals are fed up and had clearly demonstrated in 2021 that they didn’t need an election whereas sustaining the established order. “They need that to vary, however they are not essentially prepared to return to the polls. »


Lastly, Luc Berthold mentioned he was anxious about the way forward for native media. “Residents want to understand their significance. I couldn’t do that interview and talk with the inhabitants. I can do it by way of social networks, however native media is what makes a distinction, it is a hyperlink, cement in a area. Social networks haven’t any territorial restrict. If I’ve one message to say to individuals, it is to proceed to assist them, it is vital as a result of in any other case we’ll lose a communication device. Within the day by day newspapers, our area receives about half an article each three weeks. With out the native media, we’ll not be capable to have information from residence. »

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