Life on the road Roxham

  • Photo Catherine Montambeault
    Matthew Turner has left Texas last year to settle on Roxham Road, Champlain. Believing to be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the country road, now he must endure the back-and-forth of migrants.

    Catherine Montambeault

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 22:17

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 22:17

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    SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE | both sides of the canada-u.s. border, the residents of the road Roxham have seen their rank once peaceful turn into a real highway since the election of Donald Trump.

    On the american side, the residents have more than enough taxis, vans and buses who drop off the migrants in front of their house at all hours of the day and night. Ironically, on the canadian side, it is rather the speed at which roll the vehicles of the royal Canadian mounted police (RCMP), which infuriates people.

    The path Roxham, which is home to fifteen families quickly became the irregular path the most favoured by asylum seekers who come to Canada. Thousands have borrowed only in the last few weeks.

    Photo Ben Pelosse

    We see the migrants who wander on the path Roxham.


    The fault of Trump

    Matthew Turner, an American who lives a few steps from the border, has moved out of the way of the campaign last October.

    “We came here because we thought that this would be a quiet place. But ultimately, this is not all : there are taxis and vans that circulate constantly and submit of the migrants directly into our entrance “, he laments.

    Even if he is irritated by the back-and-forth endless, Mr. Turner admits to understand the motivation of the migrants fleeing their country.

    “It is normal that they would want to leave, because that Trump the deals outright, such as pets, loose-t-it. Before, people of all countries came to the United States to find refuge. But all of a sudden, they said : no, we don’t want you, go away. This is unacceptable. “

    Her neighbor, Melissa Beshaw, sharing the same opinion.

    “It’s been 21 years that I live here, and before, it was quiet,” she said. There, the traffic starts to be really annoying. […] All of this is because of Trump. It is an idiot. “

    Photo Catherine Montambeault

    A sign reminding of the speed limit imposed on the path Roxham, Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, which has been installed by residents angry.


    The RCMP runs fast

    The path Roxham begins in the town of Champlain, in the United States, and ends just before the border. It continues on the other side, at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. The migrants had no choice other than to take a trail to cross into Canada.

    On the quebec section of the path, this is not Trump, but the RCMP is being criticized.

    “It is a zone of 50 km/h, and the RCMP was travelling at about 90 km/h, denounces Gary Mathieu. There are plenty of children and animals here, it is dangerous. I do not think that the migrants run so fast that it… what is the emergency ? “

    Several residents have even installed signs in front of their home reminding them of the speed limit.

    The director-general in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Daniel Striletsky, says that the mayor of the municipality, Robert Duteau, has already spoken with the RCMP about it.


    The noise created by the many vehicles also gives rise to discontent. “It’s been months that it knocks at the door, that there are cars all the time, we can’t open our windows,” says a resident.

    “Citizens are disturbed, finds Daniel Striletsky. They are forced to put barriers in front of them to prevent people entering on their land. “

    The situation would also lead to some problems on the side of the first respondents. “When there’s an incident that happens with a migrant and called the ambulance, these are our first respondents are asked, then they receive a lot of calls,” says Mr. Striletsky.

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