Terrence Watters - Conservative Party of Québec
Name: Terrence Watters
Terrence Watters moved to the Outaouais in 1999 to study criminology and psychology. He moved to Aylmer in 2010 and now lives with his wife and children near Otter Lake in the MRC of Pontiac. He was previously a manager at Casino Lac Lemey and has been working as a real estate agent since 2018. He said that the decline of democracy and the struggles of young people in the province is what motivated him to become involved in politics.
Party: Conservative Party of Québec (Parti conservateur du Québec)
Political spectrum: Centre-right
View on Quebec sovereignty: The Conservate Party of Quebec does not consider itself as a separatist party. Watters said that the idea of sovereignty is outdated and that he identifies as both a Quebecer and a Canadian, “Canada is the most beautiful country in the world, I am proud that Quebec is a big part of it, and I dream of seeing it prosperous, high tech and green!”
Watters believes that improved working conditions are key to attracting and retaining healthcare professionals in the Outaouais. He said that a hybrid public-private system will bring more competition which will help improve the working conditions as well as emergency services in both the public and private sectors. Watters also noted that decentralization is at the core of the Conservative party’s healthcare platform and that good management is hindered by too many levels of decision making.
Watters said that the Conversative party has plans to make a greener Quebec through technology and innovation. The party plans to establish university research chairs across the various regions that focus on the intelligent exploitation of natural resources. This will be done with the support of First Nations communities affected by these projects.
Watters said that the educational system in the Outaouais has been underfunded at all levels. He believes that it is essential to ensure equal funding for all those living in Quebec and will promote greater funding for education in the region.
Language and Diversity (Bill 96 and Bill 21):
When asked about Bill 96, Watters said that the Convservative Party is the only party which has publicly stated that it will withdraw entirely from Bill 96. When asked about Bill 21, he said that the Conservative Party supports a secular state in Quebec and the equality of all Quebec residents.