#Elxn42: Female candidates face off in Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle riding

WATCH ABOVE: The three main parties have nominated women in Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle, a newly created riding that exudes ethnic diversity. Global's Howard Cohen reports.

MONTREAL – The three main parties have nominated women in Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle, a newly created riding that exudes ethnic diversity.

It combines parts of NDG-Lachine and LaSalle-Émard – two former ridings that shifted from Liberal to NDP in the 2011 orange wave that brought Isabelle Morin to Parliament Hill.

The riding follows a broader Canadian trend to field female candidates in ethnically diverse ridings.

All the parties seemed to agree that strong female representation among candidates is a healthy sign and a step forward for Canadian democracy.

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Morin was only 26-years-old when she was elected to the House of Commons.

She said she was up for the challenge and is a better politician because of it.

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Morin won the last election by more than 35,000 votes, beating Liberal MP Marlene Jennings, who had previously served five terms.

This time around, Morin has another serious challenger who wants to win back the traditionally Liberal stronghold.

Anju Dhillon told Global News she’s the first Canadian Sikh to practice law in Quebec courts.

It’s the first time she’s running for office, but said she has been involved with the Liberal Party for several years, having volunteered for former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Dhillon said she’s committed to helping the middle class.

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An important issue in the riding is the closure of the Dorval Municipal golf course.

The club’s lease wasn’t renewed by Aéroports de Montréal so it could make way for the anticipated train de l’ouest.

Both Morin and Dhillon oppose the closure.

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The Conservative candidate is Daniela Chivu.

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A businesswoman and women’s rights advocate, Chivu is committed to addressing unemployment and promoting affordable housing.

The Bloc Québécois is also hoping to have a good showing in the riding.

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The party believes the Mercier bridge should fall under provincial and municipal jurisdiction.

Bloc candidate Jean-Frédéric Vaudry claimed the bridge has been neglected by the federal government for too long.