Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.
More business, less homeowner taxes, rule candidates debate
Building up The Nation Municipality’s commercial sector to help lower the tax burden on homeowners dominated the list of questions during the first candidates debate last night in St-Isidore.
Close to 200 residents packed the gymnasium at l’Ecole élémentaire catholique Saint-Isidore to listen to and questions candidates vying for either the mayor’s seat or one of the councillor chairs in next month’s municipal election.
“Our municipality needs and deserves change,” said Danika Bourgeois-Desnoyers, one of the three mayoral candidates in this year’s election (see photo). “We need economic development.”
Bourgeois-Desnoyers has sat on The Nation council before as ward councillor before stepping down to accept an administration post for the municipality. Now she seeks the mayor’s position against incumbent François St-Amour (seated at right in photo) and Denis Pommainville (centre photo), who was mayor before St-Amour.
“Give me the puck, and I know what to do on the ice,” said Pommainville, using a hockey metaphor to describe his past experience as The Nation’s mayor.”
“I have the passion, the vision, the experience, and the commitment to be mayor,” said St-Amour. “I will maintain a positive outlook for the municipality.”
All the mayoral candidates and those seeking one of the ward councillor seats agreed expanding The Nation’s commercial and industrial tax base is critical to providing more money in the municipal budget for improvements to infrastructure, recreation programs, and other services. David Mushing, one of the Ward 4 candidates, was the only one with specific idea on how to do that.
“The municipality must hire an experienced economic development director,” Mushing said, “someone whose sole job is to trace and find new businesses.”
The next candidates debate for The Nation is October 4, 7 p.m., at the Limoges Recreation Centre.