Family, friends and fans of Mordecai Richler have been waiting for years for an official tribute to the Montreal literary legend — and it looks as though the official tribute will have to wait a little longer.
The city chose a crumbling gazebo on Mount Royal, overlooking Parc Avenue, to name in his honor — but little has been done to restore it since the gazebo project was announced.
Three years ago, on the 10th anniversary of Richler's death, a petition was tabled asking the city to name something in his honor.
Last year, the city finally gave $57,753 to the architectural firm Beaupré Michaud et Associés so it could start planning the gazebo's restoration.
It was supposed to be inaugurated this July but the work won't start before August, and it's expected it will cost an additional $250,000.
Richler's son Jacob says the whole story has become a joke.
“It’s just an ongoing embarrassment, the whole story start to near finish," Jacob Richler told CJAD. "I haven’t heard any good news about this in a long time.”
Many of Richler's fans believe the author of several internationally known books, such as The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and St. Urbain's Horseman, deserves a street named in his honor in his old Mile End district, but the borough administration in Plateau Mont-Royal remains opposed to that idea.