Some 6000 families in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac who were affected by the dyke breach last April are still trying to get Mr. François Legault’s attention. As yet, their demands have gone unanswered.
These citizens are feeling like the government has abandoned them. The Liberal Critic for Public Security, Ms. Marie-Claude Nichols, recently met with them to see for herself the extent of the damage and the distress that these citizens are experiencing.
During her visit, Ms. Nichols took the opportunity to make a video with affected residents to help the Premier understand their reality. They are running out of resources and calling upon Premier Legault to show some humanity and compassion and agree to meet with them.
The group of citizens who met with Ms. Nichols urged the government to adapt financial assistance to their particular situation.
The dyke is maintained jointly by the municipality and the Ministry of Environment who was supposed to have carried out reinforcement work months ago. The citizens are the collateral victims of the repair work delays. If your neighbour’s above-ground pool bursts and your basement floods, your insurance will step in. Why should residents of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac have to pay for a situation where they are the victims? It is the Premier’s responsibility to act quickly to fully compensate the victims.
—Marie-Claude Nichols, MNA representing Vaudreuil and Liberal Critic for Public Security