Bonaventure MNA Sylvain Roy bows out

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The MNA for Bonaventure Sylvain Roy bows out

Sylvain Roy met the press in the company of Robert Lapointe, who was president of the local Parti Québécois association for 10 years. It was by his side that he made his very first press conference, during the 2011 by-elections.

After 10 years of career in the National Assembly , the Independent Member for Bonaventure is retiring from political life. Following a “big reflection”, Sylvain Roy announced Monday morning that he would not be a candidate in the elections of October 3.

Sylvain Roy, first elected in 2012 under the Parti Québécois (PQ) banner, said he weighed all the options. The one who has been sitting as an independent since 2021 says he wondered in particular whether he could be re-elected in his constituency.

Several members of Sylvain Roy's family were waiting for him when he left the press briefing on Monday morning.

Unpretentious, I might have a chance because we still settled some important issues, but that's not the question. If I am re-elected, I have four more years to do the job of an independent MP and an independent MP positions himself on all the issues, he says, specifying that it is a colossal task.

The elected official added that he did not regret his departure from the PQ.

The 57-year-old father and grandfather, who considers himself a pragmatic sovereigntist, did not elaborate on what awaits him in the coming months. He says he wants to devote himself more to his loved ones.

The MNA for Bonaventure, Sylvain Roy, photographed in his office at the National Assembly (archives)

I will not position myself on the commitments and issues and I will not play the manager of 'platform. I have no specific short-term plan, except to take care of us, he however launched, referring to his spouse. He does not, however, rule out a possible return to college education.

The elected official, who says he has maintained professional relations with François Legault's Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), also wanted to silence certain hearsay.

“I have never approached the CAQ or been approached, despite the rumours. Nobody can say that I was complacent with the CAQ, but I was not unpleasant either. »

— Sylvain Roy, outgoing MP for Bonaventure

Mr. Roy made a point of doing a retrospective of the files, in various fields, that he has helped to advance over the past decade. In particular, he mentioned governance at the Gaspésie Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS), the parliamentary committee on pesticides and the firearms registry.

“I think I was practically the only MP to defend the wildlife sector in Quebec. I have also tried to give a voice to the political orphans that are forestry workers, farmers and truck drivers. »

— Sylvain Roy, MP for Bonaventure

He recalled that he was chosen third best MP for the fall 2021 parliamentary session by his counterparts. It struck me, he underlines.

Bonaventure MP Sylvain Roy, photographed in 2020 during an intervention at the National Assembly (archives)

The outgoing deputy also calculates that he has traveled around 625,000 kilometers by car in order to sit in the National Assembly. Statistically, at some point, it becomes difficult and these are the living conditions of regional MPs. That's the job! We are truckers.

The Gaspésien took the time to thank his wife and two boys for their unwavering support. throughout his political career.

Bonaventure MNA Sylvain Roy was treated for throat cancer.

The resident of Escuminac also had a thought for those who allowed him to go to the Blue Room. He notably mentioned the voters who contributed to his re-election in 2018, when his cancer treatments in Quebec had prevented him from campaigning in his riding.

According to him, he was entitled, at that time, to a phenomenal mark of confidence on the part of his fellow citizens.

“People re-elected me despite the fact that the PQ was collapsing all over Quebec.

— Sylvain Roy, outgoing MNA for Bonaventure

The independent MNA confirmed that he would continue to defend the interests of [the] population and support all those who ask for [his] help, until the next team takes office in Bonaventure.

With information from Jean-François Deschênes

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