The Péladeau ef­fect

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As­much as the Mon­treal Gazette can fire all the bul­lets that it has against Pierre Karl Péladeau, un­less a mir­a­cle hap­pens, he will be elected as the leader of the Parti Québé­cois on Fri­day. And it will be a game changer. That PKP, as ev­ery­one calls him, has a tem­per is well known. Dad had one and the pub­lisher of this news­pa­per knows it real well. It seems to run in the fam­ily: the late Pierre Rin­fret who con­trib­uted to this news­pa­per be­fore he got ill, the cousin of Péladeau Père, was known to have shown his tem­per to three Amer­i­can pres­i­dents. As for his run as Gover­nor of New-York, it made for in­stant fod­der for the New York City tabloids.

The pub­lisher has been around enough politi­cians in his life to know that the quote at­trib­uted to the most fa­mous name in his fam­ily is right: “Nice guys fin­ish last.” Or other less known quotes: “I came to win” and “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you an id­iot.” What ap­plies to the base­ball world of Leo Durocher ap­plies to pol­i­tics and the man in the street knows it.

Apart from Robert Bourassa, who had other means of be­ing mean, most politi­cians are bul­lies. Sorry, but this a fact of life, a bit of Borgia never hurts in this busi­ness and read­ing Machi­avelli is a must.

What a lot of you are un­able to un­der­stand, you are not ex­actly the heav­i­est watch­ers of French tele­vi­sion, don’t lis­ten much to French ra­dio, and don’t read a lot of French mag­a­zines, is the in­stant name recog­ni­tion of the Péladeau brand. He and his wife, Julie Sny­der, are the ‘Power Cou­ple’ of the last few years, re­plac­ing their dear friends, Cé­line and René. Apart from Chi­nese Pre­mier Xi Jin­ping and his wife Peng Liyuan, a renowned singing star in China, there is not an equiv­a­lent in the world to­day of the Péladeau-Sny­der cou­ple. That too many of you are un­aware of this doesn’t change the facts.

So on Fri­day, the PQ will shed its glo­ri­ous coat of ‘Pro­gres­sivism’, for­merly known as ‘so­cial progress’ and be­fore as so­cial­ism. It will leave ex­posed a strange beast. Un­der the gloss, we will see a col­lage of Plas­ticine™ of var­i­ous colours, some too mixed to­gether to re­sem­ble the orig­i­nals, some too faded and oth­ers re­mark­ably vivid. Some will fall off the as­sem­blage, the lefty-left will move to Québec Sol­idaire, which will in turn lose, over the next few months, its ‘so­cial democrats’ who will go back to the PQ. As for the CAQ, al­ready on its last legs, all of the party’s big shots mov­ing to Harper in Ottawa for the Oc­to­ber elec­tion, some of its vot­ers will go back to the Lib­er­als and the ma­jor­ity will be tempted by the new PQ.

And while none of the for­mer lead­ers of the PQ had any real knowl­edge of Canada, Péladeau is dif­fer­ent. For the last twenty years he was in charge of most of the tabloid press in English Canada. We write “in charge”, be­cause no­body chal­lenges the fact that he is a mi­cro manager. You can­not re­write his­tory all the time: if you wrote twenty years ago, as the French edi­tion of Maclean’s did, that he knew all the press mod­els in all of his print­ing plants, you can­not say that he is su­per­fi­cial. By the way, Que­becor’s print­ing di­vi­sion was then present in more coun­tries than any other prin­ters, go­ing as far as In­dia. So throw ev­ery­thing that you have at him, it will not stick.

And since he va­ca­tions in our re­gion, for once we may have a voice to talk to at the PQ.

Bou­car re­ceiv­ing gifts at the fi­nal gath­er­ing with mayor Martin Sain­don to the left.

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