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Q&A with Raymond Frizzell, Canadian Party of Quebec

Raymond Frizzell

Raymond Frizzell was born and raised west of Montreal. He attended Bishop’s University, studied public history, and had a keen interest in Indigenous history. After completion he started his family with wife Dominique, while working at various jobs and studying cabinetmaking and information/library sciences. A postal clerk with Canada Post for the past five years, he began working with the Canadian Party of Quebec to build policy in response to the perceived failure of the current government. His free time is spent with his three children and multiple pets, researching history and civic engagement.

 

What would you do to improve or guarantee the availability of proximity healthcare services for rural communities?

1. Eliminate the contracting from healthcare services to private concerns. Enshrine in the Act respecting health services and social services (HSS) stipulation(s) that all private providers enter into legally binding contracts with public institutions that guarantee that their services will be available in English. 2. Demand that the government review all current legislation pertaining to patients’ rights and consolidate them into a Patients’ Bill of Rights for all Quebecers – a law that would clearly define what Quebec residents are entitled to when dealing with Quebec’s healthcare system. 3. Distribute family doctors in a fair, transparent manner to Quebec’s designated regions, including Huntingdon. Include fair distribution of bilingual doctors to regions with significant English-speaking populations. Allow greater flexibility for MDs to practice outside their designated territory. 4. Create a medical intervention outreach system; teams from larger regional hospitals go out into rural communities to help ease the load on existing family practices.

 

How would you help farmers and farming communities contribute to the fight against climate change?

Huntington’s farming community has a keen sense of environmental awareness, conservation practices, and climate disruption. Its input would be critical in any CaPQenvironmental plan, since it would provide a necessary rural perspective on the issue. The Party will apply the United Nations definition of sustainable consumption to counter climate disruption. It proposes a regenerative, biodynamic agricultural farming mandate that prioritizes farms and soil preservation rather than crops. Regulations to support this type of farming will be promulgated, consistent with and incorporating the principles of the UN’s annual State of Food and Agriculture reports. CaPQ will not only address issues like pesticides and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but a much wider range of climate disruption issues, e.g., methane (CH4) emissions from the production and transport of fossil fuels, animal agriculture, and food waste. Various sources also note that less than 80 growing seasons remain before we run out of topsoil.

 

What would you do to ensure the constitutional rights of ethnic and linguistic minority populations?

CaPQ was founded to defend civil liberties, constitutional protections, and human rights. It opposes systemic discrimination in Quebec and supports reconciliation efforts between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Quebecers. CaPQ demands the full repeal of Bill 96, Bill 21, and Bill 40. It proposes a game-changing English Language Services Act (ELSA), a ministry of English language services headed by a cabinet minister, an English language services ombudsman, and an English language services commissioner. CaPQMNA will present a motion in the National Assembly asking that the Canadian Constitution – including the Constitution Act, 1982 – be recognized as the bedrock of the federal nation-state and applicable to the province of Quebec in its entirety. CaPQ MNA will present a motion to expand educational choice by invoking S.23(1)(a) of the Canadian Charter. Children for whom English is either the mother tongue or first official language spoken (FOLS) have the right to English schooling in Quebec.

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