Marois worried about voter fraud involving English-speakers

The Parti Quebecois leader’s comments come on the heels of a Le Devoir article saying some voters don’t have proper documentation


MONTREAL – Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois says she’s concerned about reports of possible voter fraud involving anglophone and allophones from outside the province trying to register in the Quebec election.

Marois says the PQ has asked for more details on the issue from Quebec’s chief electoral officer.

Her comments follow a story on Saturday in Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper.

The newspaper cites an electoral officer in a downtown Montreal riding who says many English-speakers and others whose first language is neither English nor French have recently tried to register to vote.

The electoral officer says some of the people didn’t have proper documentation.

He called the situation “worrisome and abnormal.”

“It’s as if (Montreal’s) Trudeau International Airport was wide open and we distributed free visas to anyone who came through, without question,” Mathieu Vandal, the president of local electoral office in Montreal’s Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, told Le Devoir.

The downtown riding is 75 per cent first-language French but is also home to a large number of university students.

Vandal says about half the people trying to register since last Monday were anglophone or allophone.

He resigned from his post on Friday, according to Le Devoir.

Quebec’s chief electoral office has not returned a request for comment from The Canadian Press.

Allegations surfaced earlier in the week that Quebec university students from elsewhere in Canada were unable to register in the April 7 election.

Dune Desormeaux, a fourth-year student at McGill who is originally from British Columbia, said Saturday he was turned away when he tried to register.

The 21-year-old said he brought the necessary identification but was told he couldn’t vote because he was a student.

“I had anticipated having no problems,” he said in an interview.

“I brought the documents requested — my picture ID and a proof of address. And basically I was told, after a reasonably long discussion, that I would not be eligible to vote because I was not domiciled in Quebec as they said.”

According to the website of Quebec’s electoral office, to be eligible to vote a person must be a Canadian citizen and have lived in Quebec for six months.

They must also have the intention of making Quebec their “principal establishment,” according to the Quebec civil code.

Since moving to the province, Desormeaux said he has only returned to British Columbia for a few weeks a year.


Marois worried about voter fraud involving English-speakers

  1. Love the new format; it’s really encouraging new posts and debate.
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  2. > sure, that is one way to deal with dropping poll numbers: shovel the dirt, or, the stuff she probably collected on the farms where she has her support. It won’t work: the raised fist of Mr. Peladeau in front of everyone cannot be explained away. They are still focused on a referendum, a referendum that only 40%, or less, of the people really want;
    > here is what the people here in Quebec want: better access to health care, really good jobs, and less talk about a country. We have a country; one of the best in the world.

  3. > Lot’s of words. Just go to Google – Quebec Debt Clock. That number is after all the transfers from Ottawa for years. Last fiscal year the Government posted a $3.4 Billion deficit and that was after receiving over $19 Billion from Ottawa in the three types of transfers; Equalization, Healthcare, and Social Services;

    > As for the promises of jobs: it is just more borrowed money and more bureaucrats. With that cement plant in East Quebec, for example. There are already three such plants in the region; in essence, there is overcapacity right now. Last year, in all of Canada including Quebec, 9 our of every 10 jobs were created in…Alberta. These were real jobs, not fake jobs by borrowing more money;

    > The charter is a political ruse to win a majority on the back of a fearful populace. The Quebec people really want the access to healthcare improved, the creation of real jobs not fake jobs using more government debt. Now, with the raised fist of Mr. Peladeau in front of the cameras, we now know without any doubt the real agenda of the separatist Parti Quebecois in this election. A minority within a minority with access to the levers of government and the writing of law is trying, still trying, to force an unwanted option on the Quebec people;

    > Currently, over 60% of the electorate does not want a referendum or even talk of a referendum. The government debt is too high, investment is going elsewhere in the country, and, the new jobs are being created elsewhere.

  4. Making excuses already? Wow. To me it looks like they are sabotaging their own platform as selling separation should be easy as making a pie. Ottawa hasn’t been functional for us for a very long, long time.

    Stop worrying about a few students, this will be won or lost with the majority of people. Reality is Ottawa represents little value for the money they get. I am from Alberta and I support Quebec and western separations. Only way to fix Ottawa is to start from scratch and redesign it ground up, and we can’t do that without political force.

    Isn’t just Quebec that is dissatisfied with colonial feudal confederation mess.

  5. > these #%@*&^# separatists will use any scheme, real or imagined, or create any scheme to support their position. They have been blaming for every ill for decades. For those living outside Quebec and reading this posting the “other” means non-French speaking persons in Quebec, or more accurately, “les maudits anglais”, the damned English, a phrase this writer still hears in the streets of Montreal.

    > never, never, will the separatist mind-set allow that maybe, just maybe, some of the problems in Quebec are simply caused by the French leaders in Quebec. Based on the protection afforded the French in early Acts, Reports and Treaties, the French language was doing fine until two things happened to change that: 1-the birth rate among the French families began to drop, significantly, after World War II, and then, 2-immigrants to Quebec, my grandparents among them, had been told by the French leaders to enroll their children in English Catholic schools because they were not “French” and the Jewish students were told to enroll in English Protestant schools because they were not Catholic. Hence, the decline in the French schools and the creation of Bill 101 with the Great Exodus, chapter 1976, verse 1;

    > now, those students from elsewhere in Canada studying here are the threat. If this separatist minority ever succeeds in achieving a separate state, unlikely now, then one has to wonder who will they blame for the mess that will follow.

    > if there i s anything that is a threat it is the provincial debt reaching the size of Mount Everest but let’s not look at that, let’s look at a few students here who, by the way, had no such problem voting before. Anything to keep the focus away from that number: please go to Google – Quebec Debt Clock. Scary!

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