A secretely made recording of staff at the voter registration office in the riding of St-Henri-Ste-Anne is providing a window into how and why some workers are rejecting students who are originally from out-of-province.
On the tape, one staff member tells the applicant that a special focus is being paid to Anglophone students.
Sean Beatty brought a passport issued out of Montreal, Quebec tax receipts going back to 2009, and a year-and-a half worth of Quebec hydro-bills when he tried to register for a second time.
He also recorded part of the conversation.
"You can bring me all those bills for past ten years it doesn't prove to me that you're a resident," says the official on the tape, who appears to be the president of the revision committee.
Beatty, a doctoral student at McGill, has been living in Quebec for the past six years. He does not have a car, so does not have a driver's licence, and continues to use his British Columbia health care card.
As a general rule, Quebec will not issue health care cards to students who've come from outside Quebec.
Beatty had also paid Quebec taxes on his scholarships.
But, the elections worker tells Beatty he is not convinced he truly lives here. "I have a doubt that you are not a resident of Quebec," he says.
Beatty appeals to a second worker and asks several times for the exact requirements, but she can only repeat that the president doubts his case.
"Someone one who doesn't have a driver's licence, a medicare card, and claims to be a resident in terms of being registered on the electoral list, it doesn't match," says the second worker.
"There's some kind of emphasis being put on English students trying to register," she says