What are the challenges for residents of Marquette and Marguerite-Bourgeoys?

Just a few weeks before the elections, Subway met with residents of the ridings of Marquette and Marguerite-bourgeoys to talk about the issues that concern them the most.

Language

In these two strongly Anglophone and non-native constituencies, the latter fear overly strict francization laws.

At the corner of Newman Boulevard and Dollard Avenue, Shelly, a member of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake who lives in LaSalle, shows deep dissatisfaction with koi 96. “Our language is as important as the French language” , she points out.

A few meters further, Serge believes that for the language issue, “the English-speaking community has been quite tormented. We are citizens of Canada. By introducing these petty restrictions on the English language, they just seem to inflame passions and create social unrest,” he argues.

French is good, but not by force

Mohsen, a businessman who immigrated to Quebec 22 years ago, met on the shores of Lake Saint-Louis.

On Notre-Dame Street in Lachine, a homeowner from Alberta believes that inclusiveness is the most important election issue. “I really take issue with tough positions on language and on LGBTQ+ issues, anything that diminishes inclusivity is just plain unfair,” says Victoria May.

Victoria May, owner in Lachine. Alexis Fiocco/Metro

This is also the concern of Candice, a young mother met on Dollard Avenue. “I hope they won’t be too hard on [les anglophones], because we are also normal people, just like them. But we try to adapt, to do the best we can. Sometimes some people just have a hard time learning the language. I hope they will understand us more and not put us aside,” she concludes.

Lucas Lawton, a resident of Dorval, believes that we must “promote the culture [québécoise] and the French language, but I don’t think anyone should be forced to do anything in a language”.

Dorval resident Lucas Lawton. Alexis Fiocco/Metro

Economy – housing, health and purchasing power of seniors

The young Dorvalois also feels affected by the state of the economy. “Everything is more expensive – rent, food, all the things I spend on a daily basis.”

In LaSalle, Eric Foko, a newcomer, confides: “I arrived here and the houses are very expensive”.

Eric Foko, newcomer to LaSalle. Alexis Fiocco/Metro

For several people interviewed, assistance to the elderly is considered a major issue in Quebec. At the entrance to the supermarket, Pierre thinks that the pension is too small, and that it is difficult to live on it.

“Even when we go to work, we are not appreciated at our fair value, we are left out, damaged,” adds Diane, 72 years old. “It would be nice if the elderly had a better quality of life. To find accommodation, and to be able to afford a little cookie once in a while. That we stop putting [les aînés] in CHSLDs and wait for death. I think it is a priority to take care of those who founded Quebec”.

For others, the priority is health and the staff shortage affecting Quebec. “We work a lot, and there are a lot of people missing,” says Sonia, who works in the health field. Next door, a young mother, Simergit Kaur, believes that “the hospitals are crowded and people are not receiving the appropriate treatment”.

Simergit Kaur, young mother interviewed at the corner of boulevard Newman and avenue Dollard in LaSalle. Alexis Fiocco/Metro

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