The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec was in Napierville on July 28 to announce François Gagnon as the party’s candidate for the Huntingdon riding in the October 3 provincial election.
A lawyer by training, Gagnon has professional experience in law, management and administration, education, politics, lobbying, and public relations. A college-level teacher since 1993, he specialized in the legal and ethical aspects of prisons as well as in municipal-level law and regulations. He currently works as clerk for the municipality of Ormstown and has previously served as the director general and secretary-treasurer for the municipality of Franklin from 2012 to 2020. He was interim director general in Ormstown from 2020 to 2021.
Gagnon says he is comfortable with the Conservative Party of Quebec’s positions and its leader, Éric Duhaime, and that the party’s proposals are in line with his views. He feels the region’s potential is not being adequately developed and that this is reflected in incomes far below the provincial average. “One only has to think of the recurring problems associated with dumping and backfilling by dubious companies,” he says. “From Hemmingford to Dundee, the region has become the dumping ground of Quebec, serving as a disposal site for waste and contaminants.”
For Duhaime, the addition of Gagnon to his roster of candidates is good news. “Every time I announce a new candidate, I am always touched by the confidence this demonstrates when people with heart and of stature decide to put their careers on hold because they believe in our message,” says Gagnon, who has seen his party take flight in the polls in recent weeks across the province. (SR)