In a press release issued in the last few days, the Voix du PONTIAC - PONTIAC Voice Facebook Group wrote its fears about the continuation of the spending in social services and health, given there was no announcement for the Pontiac region. Above all, the Group is wondering about the work of the MNA for Pontiac, André Fortin, in the release entitled “Où est le député Fortin ? Et nos autres élus ?” It is noted that, following a meeting with the Warden of MRC Pontiac, Jane Toller, on the subject, she is also concerned with the absence of the MNA concerning local files.
The Group states that it does not know whether Fortin is aware that there were a few days of breaks in services at the Hospital, which took place over the weekend. The Voix du PONTIAC - PONTIAC Voice Facebook Group says it does not want to wait for a major crisis to occur before the Pontiac’s concerns are taken seriously. It is added in the release that all the actors involved in health and social services are on standby and hope that the Pontiac will not be put aside when changes are said to come.
The groups spokesperson, Josey Bouchard, said: “Meanwhile, we ’pass under the table’. Pontiac citizens are not second-class citizens and should be treated like any other citizen in the Outaouais”.
The Voix du PONTIAC - PONTIAC Voice Facebook Group was created in January 2017 to offer a voice to Pontiac people. In a few days, 600 citizens became members. As of January 5th, 2018, more than 1,200 people and today; just under 3,000 members. This represents nearly 40% of the homes that cover the Pontiac Health Center. (MRC Pontiac and Municipality of Pontiac).