People with disabilities, the forgotten of the electoral campaign? | Elections Quebec 2022

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Persons with disabilities, the forgotten of the electoral campaign? | Élections Québec 2022

The president of the Confederation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities of Quebec (COPHAN), Paul Lupien, in the center of the photo .

The problems experienced on a daily basis by people with disabilities are absent from the debates of the electoral campaign. At least, that is what the Confederation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities of Quebec (COPHAN) considers, which invited the various political parties to speak on these issues on Wednesday in Trois-Rivières.

The purpose of the meeting was to let the parties present their solutions concerning universal accessibility, paratransit as well as the cost of living and impoverishment.

COPHAN President Paul Lupien wants people like him to be heard. The important thing is that people with disabilities can live like everyone else, he believes.

Representatives of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), Quebec solidaire (QS) and Parti Québécois (PQ) were present. The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) did not answer the call.

Universal access to all services such as paratransit caught the attention of the PLQ candidate in Trois-Rivières, Adams Tekougoum.

The offer must be improved. We can't wait for a person with a disability who needs adapted transportation to find themselves waiting four hours for transportation, he says.

People with disabilities deserve a law on universal accessibility because it is important at all levels, we must ensure universal accessibility, for his part retorted Steven Roy Cullen, candidate for QS in Trois-Rivières .

For his part, Pascal Bastarache, candidate for the PQ in Laviolette-Saint-Maurice, hammered home the importance of improving home care.

We really want to make a 180 degree turn towards home services to support every Quebecer, regardless of their physical or mental situation, he insists.

With information from Julie Grenon

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