‘We’re very red around here’: CAQ campaigns in the West Island – Montreal

It was quite the surprise for some shoppers at the Marché de L’Ouest in the West Island – a chance to meet with the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) leader, François Legault.

“I was very very surprised, I didn’t think he had the guts to come here,” said Pierrefonds resident Denise Blackman. “The West Island is very Liberal –  we’re very red around here. It took a lot of courage and I appreciate that.”

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Legault says he hopes West Islanders – and all Quebecers – will focus on his party’s plan of improving health care, education and the province’s economy – instead of issues that may have plagued them and other parties in the past.

“I think we’ll have a historical election on October 1 because it will be the first election in the last 50 years where the ballot question won’t be about the sovereignty of Quebec,” said Legault.

WATCH: CAQ unveils party platform for upcoming October election

Laura Azéroual, the new CAQ candidate for Robert-Baldwin, which covers Dollard-des-Ormeaux and part of Pierrefonds, joined Legault greeting West Islanders on Saturday – she insists that it’s time for change.

“Give him a chance to form government, because this 15 years of Liberal government hasn’t lead to anything good,” she said.

READ MORE: Can a new candidate change the CAQ’s image with women and minorities?

However, that may be an uphill battle. Some say they’re comfortable with what they’ve always known.

“I’m glad to meet the new candidate [Azéroual], I have her phone number now and I’d like to talk to her, but if we were voting tomorrow morning, I would probably go with the Liberals,” said DDO resident Dan Sipos.

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