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Drouin observed that the riding needs both skilled and unskilled workers to meet the needs of a growing economy. The skilled labour, he noted, is necessary for future growth in the region’s industrial and tech sectors. “I’ve heard a lot of people say they need access to (trained) engineers, for example,” Drouin said. The agricultural sector, he added, has depended on migrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala to fill the unskilled labour needs at local farms, but that is a tempo- rary solution. If there is ever a shortage of migrant workers during harvest time or other seasons, local produce farmers could face problems. Drouin wants to see a reli- able local pool of general labour developed in the region.

“More exercise,” said Drouin, with a smile, when asked what his personal New Year’s resolution was for 2019. “And I am wish-

priorities. The labour needs of the riding is al- ready one of the priority items on Drouin’s

It’s going to be an election year again this year and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin wants to make sure both he and his riding are in the best shape possible when he hits the cam- paign trail.

2019 wish list for Glengarry-Prescott- Russell. “We need to

ing for every citizen to have the best chance to succeed.” This year will be a federal election year and while the official Election Writ has not dropped yet, Drouin said he is already “in election mode” and prepar- ing his campaign strategy now. First step involves sched-

“We need to find out how to attract newcomers, or Canadians from other parts of the country, here to work,” said Drouin. “It’s not just a ‘one-town’ solution. It requires all of us to work together. Business needs labour.”

find out how to attract newcom- ers, or Canadians from other parts of the country, here to work,” he said during a recent interview. “It’s not just a ‘one- town’ solution. It requires all of us to work together. Business needs labour.”

uling meetings in January with all the mayors in the GPR to go over local and regional


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Le député de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin, prévoit en faire plus cette année pour sa santé personnelle et celle de sa circonscription. Entre les préoccupations de la circonscription, le député commence sa campagne de réélection plus tôt que prévu. —archives &/#3&'r#3*&'4 NATURAL GAS RATES INCREASE Enbridge Gas Districution Inc. announced that as of January 1st this year, new rates take effect for its customers. The new rates were approved by the Ontario Energy Board because of the increase in the cost of natural gas supply for North America. Residential customer rates increase about 6.2 per cent, which for average users would mean $54.16 more a year. The average homeowner should pay $926 this year for natural gas service. Commercial and industrial natural gas users may see different rate increases. More details on rate increases and tips on energy saving are available at www.enbridgegas. com.– Gregg Chamberlain







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