Voters were called to vote at an office in Longueuil on Sunday, despite an unconscious woman lying on the ground just meters from Quebec’s polling desks.
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A woman lay on the ground for several minutes after falling ill in the early voting queue.
Managers at the site decided to continue operations as normal “due to the atmosphere of discontent that prevailed at the site”.
Lack of training finally brought Cynthia Meunier, a citizen who had worked in the health department for many years, to her aid.
“They took a few minutes to move the table to one meter and allow people to vote, even though the woman was on the floor (…) dignity was at its peak,” lamented Ms Meunier.
According to eyewitnesses, the woman was unconscious for a few minutes before being taken to the hospital center by ambulance.
Another voter fell ill after witnessing the scene.
Officers attended to the man but refused to transport him by ambulance.
Watch Cynthia Meunier’s full interview with the TVA Nouvelles team in the video below.
Lack of training
The citizen who helped the woman, who was unconscious for a few minutes, denounced the lack of supervision and training of Éelections Québec staff.
“They have to have plans for employees. What if someone falls? What if someone has a heart attack? It’s a few hours of training,” he explains.
Elections Quebec has confirmed that a member of the team came to the woman’s aid by taking vital signs and staying with her.
“Election workers receive training related to their function and are not trained to provide first aid,” said Élections Québec spokeswoman Julie St-Arnaud Drolet.
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