After having studied and worked for about a decade in the United States, Japan and Europe, Mario Lanteigne, who teaches political philosophy at the CUS campus of the Université de Moncton, decides to return to his hometown on the shores of New Brunswick`s Baie des Chaleurs.
Student of philosophie at the Université de Montréal, Mario feels himself drawn to the recent emergence of the European political process and chooses thus to coplete his studies in France, particularly in Strasbourg and Paris, where, enrolled as a student at the Sorbonne, he reflects on the necessity to redefine liberalism as we know it today.
Engaged in a number of social mouvements, Mario contributes also as a writer of the review Mouvements by suggesting how to go beyond a left or right-wing traditional climat. As collaborator to the group “Les Canadiens en Europe”, Mario has the chance to participate in preparing events such as round-tables with the general director of the OECD Donald D. Johnston on “Monetary Canadian politics in the context of new economy and globalisation” or with former prime-minister of Québec Pierre-Marc Johnson on “Seattle, Washington, Prague : the end of commercial rounds or globalisation enlarged?, as well as colloquia on “The global challenge on education : matter of educators, matter of markets or matter of states?” and on the Summit of the Americas with the Prime-Minister of Canada`s Sherpa, Marc Lortie.
During two years of time, Mario is employee of the Canadian Embassy in Paris. As a consultant for the political section, he participates in the preparation of multiple projects concerning the bilateral relations between Canada and France.
Rapidly Mario comes to understand the capacities of sustainable development of north eastern New Brunswick in comparison to other regions elsewhere in the world, but acknowledges at the same time an absence of political will to develop and invest in rural areas. Even worse, the governmental authorities hand in hand with the local business community seems to prefer a short-term heavy industrial development perspective instead of heading towards sustainable development solutions for the well-being of the entire area. Thus, Mario gets engaged into a social movement concerning the construction of a contaminated soil incinerator in Belledune, which has rapidly grown into national environmental issue.
« This event enabled me to understand to what extend it is important to embrace a conception other than the one transmitted by those who support those kind of projects. Especially as we are living in a maritime environment which depends to a large degree on industry branches such as fisheries and tourism. It is at that point that I understood that traditional parties couldn`t respond anymore to the evolution of mentalities of Canadians and that it what time to choose a party like the Green Party of Canada. I believe with the Green Party we can be assured of a new start in Canadian politics!”
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