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Gilles Duceppe in classier times

About two years ago, Bloc québécois leader Gilles Duceppe filled the air with pithy quotes about the Globe and Mail’s coverage of the Dawson College shootings. Referring to erstwhile Globe writer Jan Wong’s spurious suggestion that Kimveer Gill shot up the place in part because of Quebec’s language laws, Duceppe (rightly) pointed out the crude politicization of tragedy by Canada’s National Newspaper™. “It’s unacceptable, it’s deplorable and it’s shameful for a paper of such importance,” Duceppe told reporters of the time.

So guess who piped up with a crude politicization of this very tragedy yesterday? Step right up, Mr. Duceppe.

He kicked things off by comparing Stephen Harper to Dubya, and suggested a Conservative majority will turn Quebec into Texas-Of-The-North, complete with guns, war and, one assumes, dust bowls. The Bloc québécois, Duceppe continued, is the only party that can prevent a Conservative majority during the next election, thereby “avoiding other tragedies like the Dawson and Ecole Polytechique shootings.”

All’s fair in love and elections, I guess.



  1. The fact that the Bloc Quebecois will be reduced to a rump once this campaign is over by itself justifies the calling of the election.

    Duceppe is living on borrowed time and he knows it. Three cheers for Canada!

  2. There were definitely more involved. This was a covert op:

    “Another witness told CBC News she was smoking outside the college when she saw a tall, white man wearing a long black trench coat walk down the street with a large gun. He was with a number of other people, said the woman…. The man was about 19 years old with body piercings and wore clothing with studs, she said.”
    [Comment: the lone gunman was 25 and of south asian extraction. In his photos posted online, it does not appear he had any piercings]]

    [poster on ATS, and eyewitness]
    A girl giving an interview said that she was standing outside the entrance to the school smoking when she noticed 3 guys in trenchcoats walking towards them and one pulled out an automatic of some kind and started shooting at the entrance of the school…

    CanWest News Service
    Frightened students giving wildly varying accounts of what was happening inside. There were several reports saying there was one gunman, while others said there were as many as four.

    poster ‘mattx5’
    I was with the media all day (I co-run the Dawson college newspaper) and the police are definitely supressing some information.
    The info of 1 gunman doesn’t match up with people’s descriptions of gunfire taking place over 30-45 minutes, considering the 1 gunman was taken out just 3 minutes after he initially opened fire.
    I was in the basement gymnasium when this happened and only found out at 1:30 (shooting happend at 12:41). The radio was on and cut to a breaking news report saying the school had been evacuated, that 4 gunmen were in the school.

    cnn.com at 5pm, 9-13-06
    –A recorded message at the college administration office said two gunmen were killed…

    MSNBC News Services
    Updated: 2:59 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2006
    Student Devansh Smri Vastava said he saw a man in military fatigues storm the school’s cafeteria….. Other witnesses said the man wore a black trench coat.

    Andie Bennett, CHUM Radio’s Team 990
    She says students have described at least one suspect as a white male with a beard….. One witness recounts tales of seeing an armed Goth-garbed male with long black hair in the building

    940 MontrealAM radio talk show
    one witness said the shooter had long stringy hair, another saw ‘spiky’ hair sticking out from under a mask.
    –“a lot of students have seen many, many …like a lot of shooters…”
    –“a lot of what students were hearing on the news is not right”
    –“anybody you ask at Dawson….there’s no way it was only one shooter/”

    Earlier reports had said as many as three shooters walked into Dawson College. At one point, police had told local media outlets that two gunmen were dead and a third was still at large.

    TorontoStar 9-13-06
    Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Gagnon: She spent the next two hours in that class withother frightened students, listening to the gunfire outside. “It would stop for a minute, and then start again.” Gagnon estimated that she heard at least 30 gunshots. “It was continuous. There had to be more than one shooter,” she said.

    CanWest News Service
    It is believed two of the dead were gunmen. One report quoted police saying two gunman were dead — one had been shot and one had taken his own life.

    “The police came out with the guy in handcuffs and there was a long trail of blood behind him,” said Sonny Chiasson, an Alexis Nihon(adjacent shopping center) maintenance employee. “He was bleeding heavily from his upper chest. (Then he) fell to the ground and the police kept trying to talk to him.”
    Many minutes went by. “But eventually they just put a towel over his face because he was dead.”
    [Comment: these wounds don’t sound like they were self inflicted]