Last month, we invited our members who live in the Peter-McGill district to share the questions they wanted to ask their candidates for Westmount-Saint-Louis. We selected the questions that stood out and we share here the answers from the candidates:
This document aims at facilitating dialogue between candidates and residents of the Peter-McGill district. We would like to thank our members who shared their questions as well as the candidates who took the time to answer them. Although not exhaustive – since we haven’t been able to collect the answers from all the parties – we hope this document will help you make an informed choice.
The questions that were asked to the candidates were about health, education, urban planning, immigration, housing, homelessness, businesses and social development. Here are the questions:
- Do you have any plans to improve access to healthcare services for the many newcomers downtown?
- The environment is our ultimate healthcare system. Are you planning to increase the budget of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change in order to better protect our environment? Can you name a few environmental measures you intend to implement, namely to reduce heat islands in the downtown area?
- Where do you think the English language belongs in the Quebec school system
- What do you think about the upcoming project to build a public primary school on the Grey Nuns’ site? Would you be open to working with the Sulpicians to build the school on their Grand Seminary site instead?
- What will you do to help integrate newcomers downtown, particularly in the Peter-McGill district?
- How will you support the development of social and affordable housing (government subsidised) in the Peter-McGill district, including family housing?
- How do you intend to address the numerous challenges surrounding homelessness in the Peter-McGill district?
- Do you intend to implement any measures that will help support local businesses downtown?
- Are you planning to take concrete steps towards the recognition, respect and support of organizations working towards improving quality of life downtown (increasing finances for organisations, redefining funding criteria to take into account the realities of downtown, optimising the use of public buildings, infrastructure investments etc.)?
Voici les candidat-e-s qui ont répondu aux questions:
- Sam Kühn – Green Party of Quebec
- Nicholas Lawson – New Democratic Party of Quebec
- Jennifer Maccarone – Liberal Party of Quebec
- Michelle Morin – Coalition Avenir Québec
- Ekaterina Piskunova – Québec Solidaire