Search is on for MNA Geoff Kelley's replacement - should they be anglophone?

Now that longtime MNA Geoff Kelley has announced his retirement from politics, the search is on for the person who'll be representing the Jacques-Cartier riding for the Quebec Liberal Party in the October 1st provincial election.

Some believe that person should be someone with strong ties to the English-speaking community.

Westmount has been having the same debate over who would replace Jacques Chagnon if he also quits.

With Kelley's departure, there are now just two Anglophone Liberal MNAs in caucus-  D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum and NDG MNA Kathleen Weil.

Former Liberal MP and MNA Clifford Lincoln said that's concerning.

"It's very important to have this representation because more than ever this community has got to have a voice in Quebec," Lincoln told CJAD 800 News.

"We've got to make darn sure that there's at least a minimum of English-speaking people to express the feelings of this very important community within Quebec."

Beaconsfield mayor Georges Bourelle was raised in a French-Canadian family and studied in English. He said that someone with a similar background should represent the riding.

"There's no doubt that you have to be comfortable in both the Francophone environment and Anglophone environment," said Bourelle.

Ex-long time Pointe Claire mayor Bill McMurchie said having an Anglophone MNA isn't a priority for him.

"No, I think the West Island is beyond the English-French division. Whoever is successful will be equally at home with the English and French communities," said McMurchie.

"The replacement will have a standard to live up to, that is for sure."