For Denis Coderre, there was good news and bad news last night. The good news, of course, is that he won the election and will be the 44th Mayor of Montreal. The bad news is that he does NOT have a majority on city council. He has 28 seats versus 22 for Projet Montreal. In other words, he will be facing a powerful Projet Montreal opposition that is dictatorial, doctrinaire and allergic to compromise.
Less than 6 percentage points separated Denis Coderre from his nearest rival, newcomer Melanie Joly. He surpassed her vote total by some 25,000 votes, the overwhelming majority of those votes coming from his home base in Montreal North and RDP. Denis Coderre told me that he is taking some time today to savour his victory, but this man certainly does have his work cut out for him. There are plenty of problems in this town, ...
In the final hours of the Mayoral Campaign, the mud slinging is in full effect. This morning a video has surfaced of Denis Coderre addressing Hasidic Community leaders. What he said could be misconstrued...or not. Watch the video here and you can decide for yourself.
While I was chatting with PQ Minister Jean-François Lisée this morning, I had an epiphany. It is still legal, I understand, to have an epiphany in Secular Quebec.
While I was listening to Monsieur Lisée skate around my questions with the skills of Lars Eller, I started to worry. What if Jean-François was jealous that I had written an open letter to Pauline Marois and not extended him the same courtesy?
I know that Jean-François, of course, reads the CJAD blog religiously, so to speak. So please, JFL, consider this an open letter.
It was great hearing that you had a wonderful time in Africa. Glad to have you back, but I noticed that when I asked you about the enforcement of the charter, you suggested you were still working out the details. Exactly. An opportune moment for me then, to offer up a few modest suggestions.
Here is a ...
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Sorry that I have not written sooner; it really has been ages since we spoke. Actually, we’ve never spoken before, but you know what they say – better late than never.
You do know, Pauline, that you certainly don’t need an invitation to drop by whenever you are in town. Pop by my studio any weekday between 9 and noon. I work at CJAD. Yes, CJAD. It’s an English radio station right on the corner of Rene-Levesque and Papineau, you can’t miss us. Even if I’m interviewing some Anglo, never mind just come right in, sit down and make yourself at home.
I must congratulate you on the proposed Charter of Quebec values. Everybody, but everybody, is talking about it. Many of my friends are concerned about the massive debt and economic situation in this province and you cannot imagine how elated they are that you have managed to ...