February 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Updated: February 25, 2019 4:34 pm

This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Feb. 23

Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault speaks to supporters after winning the provincial election Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 in Quebec City.

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to the people who are shaping our community by bringing their stories into focus.

The program airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week.

Voting for change?

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The 2018 Quebec election was historic, with voters giving a majority to the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) — a party that had never held the reins of power.

READ MORE: François Legault leads Coalition Avenir Québec to majority as Liberals ousted from power

A new study, based on an Ipsos poll conducted after the election, suggests the driving force behind the sweep was a desire for change and not necessarily an endorsement of the CAQ’s platforms.

Ipsos Quebec vice-president Sébastien Dallaire sat down with Global News senior anchor Jamie Orchard for an in-depth look at why Quebecers voted the way they did.

WATCH: How the desire for change inspired Quebec voters in the 2018 provincial election

Granting wishes, changing lives

The beginning of March kicks off Children’s Wish Month.

It’s a time that is all about bringing joy to children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

READ MORE: How one teen’s dying wish is helping make a difference in the lives of other sick kids

Eight years ago, Adam Martino was granted his wish to travel to Illinois to visit the headquarters of Caterpillar Inc.

He was 16 years old at the time and had recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

READ MORE: Olympic medallist snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Martino says his experience helped him cope with the stress of treatment and also inspired him to pursue his passion: mechanical engineering.

Martino joined Orchard, alongside Juli Meilleur from the Children’s Wish Foundation, to recount his life-changing experience.

For more information Children’s Wish Month or to learn how you can make a difference, visit the Children’s Wish website.

WATCH: Celebrating Children’s Wish Month

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Hudson

The season of the Irish is upon us, and the town of Hudson will be holding its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16.

Taking part in the festivities will be Global’s own Jamie Orchard, who will be acting as grand marshal.

READ MORE: Small-town Hudson celebrates St. Paddy’s Day with big parade

And while the parade is always a blast, the celebrations leading up to it aren’t to be overlooked.

Past parade princesses Kimberley O’Brien and Samara O’Gorman, as well as Brenda O’Farrell, the 2019 Irishwoman of the Year, joined Orchard to let viewers know what to expect.

WATCH: Gearing up for Hudson’s 10th annual St. Patrick’s parade

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