NDP, Liberals fighting for new west-end riding
At NDP headquarters in Lachine, there's a confidence unlike anything they've ever felt before.
In the 2011 election, 30-year-old Isabelle Morin was the underdog candidate in the Notre Dame De Grace-Lachine riding.
Even she didn't think she could win but late in the campaign, people started looking at her differently.
“We did door-to-door in the street in Lachine and we went back to my apartment and we sat down, took a glass of wine and said ‘It could happen. I can win this election,’” she said.
Morin is running in the new riding of Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle, where the race is shaping up to be an interesting one.
The riding includes parts of the former LaSalle-Emard riding, once held by former Liberal prime minister, Paul Martin, and parts of the old Notre Dame De Grace-Lachine riding, currently held by the NDP.
This time around, Morin has a bigger team with more money, and she’s no longer the dark horse. Based on the results of the last election, the NDP would have won by 5,300 votes.
She says her priorities are to preserve door-to-door mail delivery, to protect green spaces and to increase public transit in the area.
“There's a tax on gas that the federal government takes and we want to make sure that portion of that tax goes directly to public transit,” she said.
The Liberal candidate thinks she can upset the NDP. Anju Dhillon is a 36-year-old lawyer who says she's done lots of pro-bono legal cases and has a soft spot for seniors.
”I visited a lot of seniors home and I love it when I see the seniors are being well taken care of in these homes but I want to do even more to help the seniors and the Liberal party has put forward that they will give 10 per cent more per month for seniors,” she said.
Her local priorities are more infrastructure projects and the economy.
“Right now we are at nine per cent unemployment in this riding. It's very important to create jobs it's very important to address the issues of the middle class,” she said.
The Conservative candidate wasn't available to speak Thursday.
Both Morin and Dhillon say the area is ready for change, and they'll be selling their versions of change until election day.