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Letter to the editor 1, Jan. 14, 2021

Open letter

Dear Neighbours,

I am pleased to address you at this beginning of January and I take this opportunity to wish you a sweet and welcoming year 2021.

The year 2020 was difficult on many levels, for all of us, but I want to say that I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you because since the start of the pandemic I have seen you respectful of the many measures and above all collaborate.

Despite everything, the situation is deteriorating, especially in terms of hospitalizations. In Montérégie in particular, the number is constantly increasing and the load-shedding is already impacting our CISSSs and their services offered. The Valleyfield and Châteauguay hospitals are overflowing and most of all our regional healthcare workers are concentrated in different positions related to the pandemic. It is therefore even more important to follow the rules and measures put in place.

As for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital, I want to reassure you that, despite COVID-19, I am closely watching that the deadlines are respected with the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest project team. It should be remembered that the start of construction is scheduled for 2022, and will last until 2026. The gradual opening of services will begin at that time.

I know that the citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges have been waiting for this healthcare facility in their riding for a long time and I am making sure this project gets all the help it needs from the various ministries.

As for the job of an MNA in these exceptional times, it has been very intense. Between virtual parliamentary committees, daily meetings with my fellow deputies and ministers, press briefings and emergency aid offered to organizations, I must admit that 2020 has been an eventful year for me and my office team. We are always at your service and available. Respecting the measures required by Premier François Legault, the team works from home, but you can always reach us by dialing (450) 456-3816 or write us at marilyne.picard.soul@assnat.qc.ca.

In closing, I would like to tell you that I miss you very much and that I can't wait to get back to normal, to visit you, to participate in your activities, to go to your delicious restaurants and visit my favorite boutiques. Because Soulanges has so much to offer, I can't wait to see you all again.

Your deputy,

Marilyne Picard

Soulanges MNA