LISTEN: Come to Montreal; there are no mass shootings like there are in the States: Lisée

Quebec's International Relations minister Jean-François Lisée believes the relative lack of large-scale shooting incidents is part of the reason why Quebec is a good place to do business.

He made the comments yesterday during a Parti Québécois campaign stop at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, where earlier in the week Liberal leader Philippe Couillard received a standing ovation.

Lisée was attempting to debunk the myth that PQ governments are bad for business, saying investors often look past the often contentious internal politics and see Quebec as a relatively stable place.

“Mass shootings is not something that happens a lot in Quebec,” Lisée told CTV Montreal. “In the United States [Wednesday] there was another mass shooting. If you wanted to bring a number of managers and workers in a place where there's no crime, a good quality of life, Montreal stands out.”

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  1. George73 posted on 04/04/2014 04:34 PM
    What a short memory he has. What about the polytechnic and Dawson shootings?

    Mass shootings can occur anywhere where someone has access to guns. There are many places in North America where mass shootings have never occurred - US and Canada. If this is something that he thinks is worthy (or appropriate) for inclusion in some kind of marketing campaign for business in Montreal, he is sadly missing the point and rather desperate.

    Its all about the money stupid.
    1. Daemoncan posted on 04/07/2014 01:49 PM
      @George73 Short memory indeed. What about Valery Fabrikant, Mr. Lisee?
  2. Barcham posted on 04/04/2014 04:39 PM
    At least in the US I would have the freedom to write what I really want to say right now as they have real freedom of speech. If I did that here, I'm pretty sure I'd be in jail by tomorrow so I'll keep it to myself. Instead I will simply say that I'm certain his comment will go a long way to attract new business from the USA. Yeah, sure it will. Not a chance that they will be insulted at all. What an idiot.
  3. Bobby posted on 04/04/2014 04:57 PM
    WHAAAA????????
    Can these PQ clowns go a day without saying something absurdly moronic?
    I don't understand how any rational human being could possibly vote for this gaggle of buffoons.
  4. Rob posted on 04/04/2014 05:16 PM
    Again the PQ doesn't think before talking. Isn't Montreal sadly the capital of school shootings?? Dawson, Concordia and Poly?
  5. reebo posted on 04/04/2014 05:32 PM
    He forgot to mention, we have no unicorns either. Strong selling point for those who are cornequinophobic.
  6. Ryan posted on 04/04/2014 05:33 PM
    Come to Montreal, we don't have lions.
  7. Richard posted on 04/04/2014 05:46 PM
    If that is the only reason he can come up with th debunk the so-called myth Its pretty sad
  8. Wanderlust posted on 04/04/2014 06:31 PM
    What about the multiple shooting that took place at the PQ election victory celebration just 18 months ago. Was he not there? Fortunately only 2 people were shot and one of them died. What an idiotic thing to say from such an intelligent and educated person.
  9. Paul posted on 04/04/2014 06:55 PM
    what an utterly assinine thing to say . . . just days after what happened at Fort Hood.

    While it might be true (is), this is not the time to make such an idiotic comment.

    Another shining example of how out of touch with the real world pukists are.
  10. Marian posted on 04/04/2014 07:09 PM
    And yet more revisionist history. I seem to remember Sun Life a long time ago, Polytechnique, Dawson & Concordia. That's without searching too deep.
  11. Alty posted on 04/04/2014 07:15 PM
    Dear mr lisee you should check your facts as Montreal leads all cities in North America with three mass killings in their school system
  12. Murray posted on 04/04/2014 07:31 PM
    This man is living in a dream world.
  13. Kari posted on 04/04/2014 07:48 PM
    A page from Marois logic?
    Bad enough to actually THINK something so stupid, but to actually say it????
    Boggles the mind..
  14. Laurie McCullagh posted on 04/04/2014 08:39 PM
    Perhaps M. Lise, PQ minister for the Montreal region affairs, should reminded of the rampage that Marc Lepine went one snowy night in December 1989, at the Ecole Polytechnique, killing 14 women and then there was the Dawson shootings....I did think he was more intelligent and politically savvy than that - perhaps I was mistaken. I imagine that the PQ are getting a little desperate.
    1. Brian posted on 04/08/2014 05:09 PM
      @Laurie McCullagh J P knew exactly what he was saying. He was saying this to people that are willing to believe anything he and his cohorts say.
  15. ric posted on 04/04/2014 09:26 PM
    All these separatists have told so many lies that now they believe them. Some of my friends own small businesses and I can't believe the crap that they're put through to operate here, not to mention the outrageous taxes. I understand why so many companies close. Between the permits, the red tape, the taxes and the language gestapo, why bother opening a company here.
  16. Joe posted on 04/04/2014 09:31 PM
    Thank god what he said is true, but he forgot to mention that you are only welcome here if you abide by the racist rules we would like to implement so in reality its our way or the highway.
  17. Gerald Lozoff posted on 04/04/2014 09:39 PM
    Really nice - the thought . . . but so saying is a disrespect to the memories of the victims at the Ecole Polythnique massacre in 1989 or the Fabrikant shooting spree at Concordia in 1992, and if those were too long ago, lest we forget the victims in the 2006 shooting at Dawson College.???
  18. SSt.M posted on 04/04/2014 10:38 PM
    The Parti Quebecois spokespeople seem to believe that when they state the most absurd things, they suddenly become true. They've been somewhat successful with their demographic in the past but it seems that even their pretty façade for nationalism is beginning to peel away and Quebecers are now beginning to see the ugliness and dishonesty that is the true nature of nationalism. The demagogue wears no clothes.
  19. Larry posted on 04/04/2014 11:02 PM
    He wasn't always an idiot bit he seems to have caught the stupid moron flu
  20. Suzgirl posted on 04/05/2014 01:11 AM
    What a stupid thing to say! There are mass shootings everywhere. Quebec isn't immune. Honestly, he has nothing useful to say. There are wonderful reasons to come to Quebec, the lack of mass shootings isn't one of them! Get out and vote for the Liberals and save our economy. The PQ is getting stupider by the minute. Actually, this is comic relief.
  21. SBeaudin posted on 04/05/2014 03:49 AM
    To qualify as a mass shooting, an incident must cause 4 fatalities, Montreal has 2 mass shootings (Polytechnique and Concordia), and 2 attempted mass shootings (Dawson College and Metropolis). This makes Montreal the world capital of mass shootings. Quebec is 4th out of 12 provinces and territories in rate of firearm licenses, and multiple laws and regulations that restrict firearms more than the stringent federal rules. Layer upon layer of stupidity.
  22. Terry posted on 04/05/2014 05:56 AM
    And then there was the FLQ crisis with kidnapping of diplomats and the murder of politicians.
    1. Daemoncan posted on 04/07/2014 04:00 PM
      @Terry October crisis doesn't count. In minds of the PQ & their supporters, it was justifiable, & Paul Rose is a hero to them.
  23. lawprice posted on 04/05/2014 08:56 AM
    Seriously, is this the best he has to offer? Lisee stop wasting people's time, business or not business owners. It's a mood point that offers nothing. How many people are considering who shall I vote for based on how many Mass shootings there have been in Quebec. Everyone knows the PQ have been bad for business, and a lot of business and economist inside quebec and out have said it. Least we forget along with the financial instability you've also increased the social instability. And you don't have to have a degree in economics to see and feel it.
  24. Mike d posted on 04/05/2014 10:31 AM
    I guess the new quebec history books don't mention this.
  25. Barcham posted on 04/05/2014 11:20 AM
    All these comments and no one has mentioned Denis Lortie and his attack on the Quebec Parliament in 1984. Quebec is far from immune to mass shootings.
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