Well-known constitutional lawyer Julius Grey will now be going to bat for some McGill students who say they were denied the right to vote by elections officials over questions about their residing in Quebec.
A special motion will filed next week in Quebec Superior Court from a group of students from outside Quebec looking to make sure they get to vote on April 7.
One of them is Arielle Van Iderstine, a first-year McGill student from PEI who's lived in Montreal since last June.
She says she's been to the revision office three times to get put on the voters' list — the first time, she was put on the list; the next morning, she was informed she was being taken off the list, because she was deemed not to have been 'domiciled' in Quebec, because she didn't have a medicare card.
She returned not long after, having obtained a medicare card. She was turned down by a different election staffer, saying she was unable to prove her intention to remain 'domiciled' in Quebec.
"I feel like I'm being discriminated against," Van Iderstine says. "Whenever you go into that office...'Are you a student, yes or no?' If it's yes, you're going to have a really hard time trying convince them that you want to stay here."
She adds there's no reason she and others should be getting the runaround from more than one election official.