New Year, new faces?
Inthe wake of the corruption scandal that has engulfed the province, now centered on the municipal world but in the next couple of months touching the provincial one also, next November’s municipal elections will be interesting, to say the least.
In Stanstead, mayor Dutil has stated that he will not run again, a decision that we regret but respect. Elsewhere, in Hatley, as we reported this week, a new mayor will have to be elected by the population.
There is a slight chance that Mrs. Marois would go for a fall election if the Liberals are in disarray following the lacklustre leadership race now in progress, if a turtle race can ever be in progress. If a major bomb comes out of the Charbonneau Commission before its summer recess, then she may even go for an early September one. That the provincial Liberals do not seem to realize that they have lost the election and the francophone vote support doesn’t help the federalist cause. Apart from Mr. Moreau, whose credentials are slippier than a new Canadian bill, neither Mr. Bachand nor Dr. Couillard are known for their ‘Canada First’ view. That the favorite at the starting block, Mr. Couillard, is involved too deeply in the McGill mega hospital mess, is putting him out of contention, Mr. Bachand receiving the blessing of the Quebec establishment at a dizzying pace, even if his love of the Canadian federation is so new that nobody truly believes in it.
At the federal level, the main contender is boxing champ and main flip-flopper Justin, same name as his papa, Trudeau. There again, he is a gift from heaven for both Mr. Harper and Mr. Mulcair. Everywhere west of Winnipeg the mere mention of the Trudeau mark brings a sudden elevation in blood pressure to the calmest people, and here in Quebec the passion for the Trudeau name is English only. That they are passing over Bob Rae is beyond comprehension. Still, the less than charismatic astronaut, Marc Garneau, would be a better choice; he is well grounded where it counts: Here on the planet Earth.
All of this doesn’t bode well for the English community of Quebec. Mrs. Marois has more than a fair chance of winning a majority. If it was only for her, we wouldn’t have to worry much, but the hardliners are at it with the changes to Bill 101, some pure treason on the given word of the Landry government. That nobody in his right mind contests that the Montreal French problem is real and needs correction, one would be hard-pressed to find enough Parti Québecois members to fill a telephone booth to argue that the whole of the Anglophone population in Quebec is responsible for it.
By the way, there is an ongoing consultation on that attempt. People have until Friday, January the 11th, to fill out a brief. Go to http://tinyurl.com/aguqc5g for more information ‘en Anglais’ from the National Assembly.
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after Congress approved legislation that extends green energy incentives as part of a bill to preserve tax cuts for working families:
“The ‘fiscal cliff’ agreement was not a ‘good’ piece of legislation but not passing the bill would have been much worse.
“In addition to making sure most Americans do not see an increase in their income taxes, and that 2 million workers will continue to receive their unemployment compensation, this legislation defeats efforts to cut benefits for Social Security recipients and for disabled veterans. Despite an eleventh-hour bid by Senate Republicans, the final bill does not include their proposed change in how cost-ofliving adjustments are calculated. As the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus and the incoming chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am proud that organizations representing seniors and veterans worked together to block the switch to a so-called chained CPI as a way to cut future ben-
Thanksto a MAMROT (ministry of municipal affairs) grant from the Coaticook’s has had an archeological inventory done on the site of the old Queen Hotel, situated behind the museum. According to historical research done prior to the inventory, the hotel existed between 1863 and 1897 and was destroyed by a fire.
The inventory, which took place between November