“There is a form of systematic discrimination that has taken place towards the east of Rosemont and Montreal in recent years.” This is what the PQ candidate in Rosemont, Pierre-Luc Brillant claims. East of Montreal: persona non grata? Subway questioned the candidates on the subject.
The observation made by Pierre-Luc Brillant would have materialized during his tour of the riding of Rosemont, which he wishes to represent in the National Assembly. “Most organizations tell me how much east of Rosemont is left behind,” said Pierre-Luc Brillant in a press release on September 7.
To support his statements, he notably noted the “unthinkable” absence of a community center, a municipal library and local services for residents of the area.
The PQ candidate would therefore have started talks with several economic and social players in the area “interested and enthusiastic” about the idea of participating in the construction of a new community center in the east of Rosemont, a project he commits “firmly” to achieve if he is elected on October 3.
The Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital: “a decayed ruin”
Another commitment of Mr. Brillant to put an end to the political “laxity” in the east of Rosemont: “to fight so that the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital obtains its due and that the necessary sum of $4.2 billion be invested to carry out this project to completion.
This promise comes unsurprisingly at a time when criticism has come from all sides following the numerous delays in the project to renovate the dilapidated building and the resulting explosion in the cost of its construction, currently estimated at $4.2 billion. Some even perceived this slowness to act as the government’s choice to abandon the population of eastern Montreal.
The PQ candidate therefore rebounds on the urgency of reconstruction to denounce “the procrastination linked to the modernization of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, which testifies to an underfunding of the health system for the population of the east of Montreal, while the west of Montreal was able to benefit from overfunding of major hospital projects for the English-speaking minority”.
Launching an assault on immobility
Without commenting directly on the question of “systematic discrimination for the East” put forward by his PQ rival, the incumbent deputy for Rosemont, Vincent Marissal, preferred to point out to Subway his active involvement in the East since his election, an involvement he “intends to continue”.
On August 26, at the dawn of the start of his electoral campaign, the solidarity Vincent Marissal had also decried, by means of a press release, the “immobility” of the CAQ government with regard to “one of its main workhorse during his mandate”, namely the progress of the hospital center renovation project by establishing a clear timetable.
“Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital has become the sad symbol of the CAQ’s I don’t care about eastern Montreal. Québec solidaire is committed to quickly putting this project back on track. We’ve wasted enough time, that’s enough!” he said.
The CAQ candidate Sandra O’Connor defended her government by “inviting the PQ candidate to consult the results of his [propre] left for the sector.
“It shouldn’t be very long: they haven’t done anything!”, She said in a written response sent to Subway.
Sandra O’Connor argued that the CAQ government was the first “to make a real commitment to the people of Montreal’s east end, including confirming funding to support the hospital’s refurbishment project. Maisonneuve-Rosemont “after decades of inaction by other governments”.