Montreal

Listen to shoppers' concerns, group tells Jean-Talon Market

A group of citizens wants to bring changes to the Jean-Talon Market and they are harnessing public opinion to back them up.

Not enough Quebec products, morning car traffic among pet peeves listed in survey

Some shoppers at the Jean-Talon Market say they sometimes can't tell who is a producer and who is a reseller. (Kim McNairn/CBC)

A group of citizens wants to bring changes to the Jean-Talon Market and they are harnessing public opinion to back them up.

Les Amis du Marché Jean-Talon spent Saturday asking shoppers to fill out a survey about their experiences and hundreds took part.

Among some of their concerns were:

  • Not enough made-in-Quebec products.
  • It's hard to tell the difference between producers and resellers.
  • Cars can go through the market before 11 a.m.
Les Amis du Marché Jean-Talon set up a kiosk to get shoppers' opinions on Sunday. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

Johanne Beaulieu goes to the market twice a week and she is bothered by the cars that compete with shoppers.

"I find this a bit deplorable, because there are so many people on weekend mornings," she said.

Les Amis du Marché Jean-Talon claims that Montreal's public markets authority doesn't listen to shoppers' concerns, hence this survey blitz.

"Citizens are not part of the board [of Marchés Publics de Montréal]," said Sarah McMahon-Sperber of Les Amis.

"So there's no real structure in place for that to happen and that's all we were trying to create."

Les Amis du Marché Jean-Talon will write a report based on the survey results and share it with the City of Montreal and Marchés Publics de Montréal.

With files from Antoni Nerestant.

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