My name is Jeffrey Alexandre Rousseau. Since last November, I am the member for Champlain County in the House of Commons. The parliamentary session in Ottawa is not finished yet, but I must go back home to Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade to attend the funeral service for the honourable John Jones Ross. The former Quebec premier passed away last Saturday, May 4th, just one month after the death of his wife, Arline Lanouette.
Thanks to the railroad on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River that has linked Montreal to Quebec for about twenty years, my absence from the Parliament will be short-lived. I should be back in Ottawa as little as two days later after the burial.
Finally! We have arrived at the station. Disembark with me and I will take you on a tour of Sainte-Anne village. I will show you the church and the municipality’s new bridge from a closer point.
The Heart of the Municipality
The municipality of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade has a population of slightly more than 2,500 inhabitants. Of those, close to 700 live in Sainte-Anne village. The rest of the population is spread among the villages of Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Elisabeth and Orvilliers, the ranges of Sainte-Marie, Rapide Sud and Rapide Nord, îles Saint-Ignace and des Pins, Petit Chenail and Bas de Sainte-Anne. In my opinion, it would be preferable for Sainte-Anne village to have its own municipal council.
Indeed, the concentration of institutions, business and industries that enliven the core of this village clearly distinguishes it from the other parts of the municipality where farming occupies most of the population. Comparatively, Sainte-Anne village’s men practice a larger variety of professions and occupations: merchants, traders, surveyors, lawyers, carpenters, blacksmiths, cobblers, butchers, bakers, etc.