Canadiens players Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Rene Bourque, Brendan Gallagher, Travis Moen, Brandon Prust and Ryan White, who are all Canadian citizens who were born outside Quebec, all signed a letter complaining to the chief electoral officer after they said they were denied applications to add their names to the Quebec electoral list over the weekend.
The letter, which was made public overnight after journalists heard rumours about it, says that the group tried to register at the same time on Sunday, but that a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec refused to accept their documentation proving they are domiciled in Quebec.
“This lady asked me if I was a student, then she asked a bunch of other questions about my travel and how serious I was about staying in Quebec,” Subban said. “It was bizarre.”
The DGE is under fire after reports of students from outside the province studying in Quebec being denied the right to vote because election officials challenged whether they were truly “domiciled” here. That has resulted in a court case.
Similar logic seems to be used here. The letter alleges that Canadiens players were told that they had no roots in this province because they could be traded at any time, they spend most of their time travelling, they live out of hotels and they don’t speak French.
The DGE has not confirmed these statements or given any comment yet.
Mike Weaver and Dale Weise are also Canadian citizens, though they would not qualify to vote either way because they have not been living here more than six months.
Daniel Brière, David Desharnais and Michael Bournival are Quebec-born and had no trouble updating their names on the electoral list.
Special electoral revisions take place until Thursday. After that there’s no way to register to vote. Voting day is Monday. The Canadiens will be in town, departing next Tuesday for their final road game, Wednesday April 9 in Chicago.