Pontiac Conservative Association AGM – thank you Lawrence Cannon

The Pontiac Conservative Association was honoured to host former MP Lawrence Cannon at our AGM, held recently at the Wakefield Legion.

Lawrence is an individual that has brought credibility and esteem to public office over a number of years of dedicated public service in a variety of senior roles. His work ethic, and the clout he held at the cabinet table accomplished a great deal for this region during his tenure as a Federal Minister and as our Member of Parliament.

An exceptional leader, he continues to be our champion. We cannot thank him enough for his inspirational words on the importance of keeping politics local, and for all he’s done for the Pontiac.

CISSSO protest

Bravo to the support staff of our medical facilities in Quebec for recently & publicly voicing their concerns with CISSSO’s administration.

Recently many health care support employees displayed, for the media and general public, placards describing their grievances with a health system that seems to be asking too much of its workers while provided too little to its patients.

By protesting chronic understaffing and poor working conditions in our health care facilities, our support staff workers have drawn the public’s attention once again to the many inadequacies that permeate the Quebec health care system.

We are at an opportune timeframe to advance the cause of health care service delivery, with a provincial election set for October 1st of this year. I hope to see all parties in Quebec investing considerable amounts of their own resources to examine health policy and service delivery.

Pontiac’s 2019 federal election campaign will feature a new CPC candidate

(English is below)

Chers ami(e)s,

Merci à tous ceux qui m’ont contacté pour s’informer de mes intentions en vue de la prochaine élection fédérale.

Après avoir discuté avec ma famille, j’aimerais annoncer que je n’ai pas l’intention de briguer l’investiture conservatrice fédérale en vue des élections de  me présenterai 2019.

J’ai deux très jeunes filles avec qui je veux passer plus de temps. Je veux aussi terminer ma maîtrise, poursuivre ma carrière et poursuivre certains objectifs que je me suis fixés en tant que membre de l’Armée canadienne. De plus, je souhaite continuer de m’impliquer dans les dossiers de soins de santé auquel je participe avec mes amis de Pontiac Voice. Toutes ces activités contribueront grandement à solidifier ma candidature et aussi à acquérir plus d’expériences afin de me présenter de nouveau comme candidat conservateur dans le futur.

Je tenais de rendre publique mes intentions quisque je veux donner amplement l’occasion à ceux qui sont intéressés de briguer l’investiture conservatrice fédérale dans la circonscription de   Pontiac. Je veux aussi encourager mes ami(e)s qui hésitaient peut-être à briguer l’investiture par loyauté envers moi. Je les encouragent à aller de l’avant s’ils sont intéressés.

Les commentaires que j’ai reçus de nos résidents sur l’état de la politique fédérale indiquent clairement que le Pontiac se lasse des dépenses imprudentes, des hausses de taxes et des manquements à l’éthique qui caractérisent le gouvernement Trudeau. Le silence que nous recevons de notre représentant fédéral local asur certains dossiers est assourdissant – notamment sur l’état des soins de santé, le manque de protection du parc de la Gatineau, les attaques dirigées contre les petites entreprises et les fermiers et sur la décharge de déchets nucléaires qui doit être construite tout près de nous.

Je continuerai de défendre ces dossiers et d’autres enjeux fédéraux et j’entends jouer un rôle clé dans la prochaine campagne du Pontiac. Je tiens à remercier ma famille, mes parents et le comité exécutif conservateur du Pontiac pour leur soutien  constant.

Avec d’amour,

Benjamin Woodman

Ancien candidat pour le PCC


Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone that has contacted me inquiring of my status as a candidate in the next federal election.

After discussing with my family, I want to announce that I won’t be running for federal office in 2019.

I have a family that I want to spend more time with. I also want to complete my Masters degree, continue my career, and work towards some of the goals I have set for myself as a soldier in the Canadian Army. Additionally, I wish to increase the health-care advocacy I partake in with my friends in Pontiac Voice. All of these activities will go a long way towards my own self-improvement, and will make me more capable to run again as a Conservative candidate at some point in the future.

I’m announcing my intentions at this early stage because I want to give ample opportunity to those interested in seeking the Pontiac Conservative nomination to present themselves before 2019’s election. I also want to encourage friends who may have been hesitant to seek the Conservative nomination out of loyalty to me, to step forward if they are interested.

The feedback I’ve received from our residents on the state of federal politics is a strong indicator that the Pontiac has grown weary of the reckless spending, increased taxes and ethical lapses that characterize the Trudeau government. The silence we receive from our local federal representative is deafening on a number of files – including on the state of health care, the lack of protection surrounding Gatineau Park, on attacks directed towards small businesses & farmers, the lying that surrounded electoral reform, and on the nuclear waste dump that is set to be built upriver from us.

I will continue to advocate on these, and other federal issues, and I intend to play a key role in the upcoming campaign. I want to thank my family, my parents and our Pontiac Conservative Executive for their constant support.

Much love,


Benjamin Woodman

CPC Candidate of Record, Pontiac

Hospital Bound

Image taken from Google Maps

As I write this I am preparing to head in for surgery tomorrow at our hospital in Shawville, to patch up a hernia that’s been causing me some grief for a while.

Each time I am at our hospital I’m reminded as to how fortunate we are to have the good people that work there looking after us.

The Pontiac community has banded together and met with some success in our fight against attempts to impose nonsensical parking fees on our rural population. We must not let up.

It is an understatement to say that a lot has happened here recently, with many people having contributed in a multitude of ways to combat the flooding that occurred here recently.

The region showed, as it always does, community spirit at a level that is rarely seen elsewhere today.

I want to re-iterate how important rural hospitals are in maintaining this sense of community spirit.

The CISSSO blanket policy on hospital parking does not take into account how different rural communities are compared to their urban counterparts. The CISSSO pay-to-park scheme will pull money from our communities needlessly, and likely won’t even be able to pay for its own administration.

Why should we penalize our population, healthcare workers and the taxpayer for nothing??

I see attempts to divide our community with talk of enforcing parking fees for workers only.  The senseless nickel and diming of our health care workers with parking fees, when rural hospitals are surrounded by free parking, is akin at an attack on them.

An attack on our health care workers is an attack on all of us.

Let’s keep up the fight against CISSSO – contact them today and let them know you support rural health care and rural health care workers.

All for one, and one for all.

Benjamin Woodman


Contact CISSSO:


Contact Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette:



Sample Email Text (French text will come at some point I promise):

“I support rural health care, and rural health care workers. The pay-for-parking scheme that is planned for the Shawville hospital, and already implemented in other rural areas, will not improve our local health care; it will only take more money from the pockets of health care workers and local residents.

Rural communities such as those within the Pontiac often are overlooked in favor of urban areas, or lumped in on decisions that are city-centric. All elected officials from all levels of Government and all political parties need to work together to fix this.

Will you support rural health care and end the pay-to-park scheme for rural hospitals?

Grateful to hear your response.”




NOTE – include the following with your email:



Phone number

A complaint form – http://cisss-outaouais.gouv.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FORMULAIRE-DE-PLAINTE_R%C3%89GIONAL_ANGLO_10ao%C3%BBt16.pdf