Many weekends spent discovering Cap St Jacques and paddle-boarding on Rivière des Prairies turned Leslie from a Montreal resident to West Islander two and a half years ago. He called Sainte-Geneviève home until the spring flooding of 2017 moved him slightly west to Pierrefonds.
Leslie was active with his neighbours in fighting back floodwaters last year and learned that West Islanders have a profound sense of community, resilience, and ability to rebound from adversity.
Like many West Islanders affected by the flooding, Leslie felt that the provincial government was ill-prepared and that the response to the crisis was late, inadequate, and, in some cases, adversarial. The residents of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Île Bizard- Sainte-Geneviève, and Kirkland need an MNA who understand life in this community and strongly represents and defends their interests in the National Assembly.
As a daily commuter on the Deux-Montagnes commuter train, Leslie is working hard with community groups to restore and then grow that service according to the needs of commuters. He joins actively with community groups working to stop the REM which, while not responding to the real needs of the residents of the electoral district of Nelligan, is also going to burden all Québec tax-payers with the cost of a private public transport service that neither meets the needs of commuters today or in the future.