LISTEN: Metropolis shooting survivor still lives with pain
One year later, the man who was shot and survived the election-night attack at PQ headquarters says he's still dealing with the pain of the shot that entered his hip, and the feeling he's been let down by the PQ government.
28-year-old Dave Courage was struck by the same bullet that killed his co-worker Denis Blanchette that fateful night. The bullet entered the right buttock and came out his left, tearing his rectum and shattering his tail bone in the process.
He needs daily physiotherapy and a cocktail of medications to deal with the constant physical pain.
But the mental scars are just as bad.
"Loud noises freak me out, I get nervous really easily," he told CJAD's Ric Peterson. "Certain tones of voice, different looks, I get really wary about people around me. I have a hard time concentrating because I'm always looking out for invisible threats."
He's also left Montreal and settled in the Townships to get away from the noise.
"I wanted to get away from the noise and the commotion. Montreal's a very hectic place."
In addition to all of that, he feels his needs have been set aside by the government.
Aside from medications, physiotherapy and counselling, he gets just $48 a day from the CSST for living expenses.
A collection will be taken at tonight's PQ's anniversary party for Courage, and he adds he hasn't heard personally from premier Pauline Marois since the day after the shooting happened.
Richard Henry Bain faces 16 charges in connection with the Metropolis incident. And in the year since the shooting, Bain has been getting plenty of media attention because of his antics in court. He's also placed several calls to the CJAD newsroom from jail.
"He's making a mockery of the justice system," Courage said of Bain. "It's pretty sad."
Photo of David Courage with his 9-month-old son via the Gazette.