The issues that concern Verdun residents in view of the elections

While Verdun residents are still savoring summer on Promenade Wellington, the elections are already looming and promise to give rise to a tight battle. Here are the confidences and electoral reflections of some sympathetic faces of the Promenade.

Environment, social justice, inclusion and youth

“Subjects that affect me? The environment, of course, like any millennial in this world!” happily launches Karolane, a marketing entrepreneur. “Otherwise, social equity,” she adds, adding that she has “started to look” and that she will indeed vote on October 3.

Karolane. / Postcode: Adrien Banville, Metro

“For me, it’s talking more about young people, creating more opportunities for young people,” says Edrice, a Haitian immigrant who arrived in Canada at the start of the pandemic. “Whether it is for those in our community, the black community, but also young people in general. More opportunities for young people, that’s our greatest wish!” he says.

Same story on the side of his companion, Dayaba, sitting with him in front of the Notre-Dame church. “I would also like to see more opportunities for young people. But especially for the immigrants who arrive and who must feel at ease”, she indicates.

“Young people are the future,” continues Edrice. “If we create a kind of ecosystem where young people feel more valued, that we create a community, it helps to change this world, I would even say.”

“As we often say, the future is in the hands of young people!” sums up his comrade. “Our future candidates will need to focus on that!” he concludes, laughing.

Dayaba (left) and Edrice (right).
Dayaba (left) and Edrice (right). / Postcode: Adrien Banville, Metro

For her part, Amélie is concerned about corporate social and environmental responsibility. “Ecology, the environmental point of view, is really something that is important to me, explains the walker I met near the De L’Eglise metro station.

“In the economy, we can do more. I work a lot in the arts and in fashion, and there are certain taxes that should be imposed on companies that don’t make an effort. In the purchase, [il faut aussi] be more aware of local products and the impact on our environment,” she says, adding that she is equally challenged by social inclusion, more specifically the representation of women and visible minorities in politics.

“I find that we are not well enough represented politically. Also, [c’est important] to make more space and equality in all areas,” she maintains. We raise the fact that four of the five candidates announced so far in the riding of Verdun are women. “Yes! We are in the right direction!” exclaims Amélie, who does not yet know who she will vote for. “It’s a little too early! I’m not sure yet, I find it easier at the municipal level, but I can still decide [pour le provincial].”

Are we talking enough about technology?

Simon, met on a shady terrace, said he was concerned about the speed of social change. “Not much is evolving that much, either in health or as an environmental commitment. It’s the status quo and it’s not changing much. Maybe [que je vais] go to more committed people for more drastic changes. We are due for real changes rather than small improvements. More courageous changes that adapt to today’s society,” he believes.

Simon. / Postcode: Adrien Banville, Metro

He was marked by the difficulties surrounding access to family doctors. “I have access to my family doctor, but we hear about the problems [affectant] people who are not able to find one or adapt to the online system,” he says.

Working in the IT industry, Simon also finds that technology is too often overlooked during elections. “We don’t talk enough about technology in the elections in Quebec. Even politics could be done on online platforms, there is no more reason to do big bus tours. It would bring more political diversity if we no longer needed to be absolutely rich to go on political tours, ”he says.

The testimonies collected in this article are not intended to represent the opinion of a majority. The surnames of the speakers have been deliberately omitted.

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