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Quebec municipal politics, nutshell edition


 

From Today’s La Presse:

“According to the information we have, [disgraced mayor of Mascouche] Richard Marcotte never suggested nor let it be known that he received a tractor from [Quebec construction magnate] Tony Accurso,” said Mr. Accurso’s lawyer, Louis Demers. “For his part, Mr. Accurso confirms that he never made such a donation to Mr. Marcotte.”

It’s even more fun in context. According to the piece [en français], the tractor bit came out during an interview between Marcotte and TVRM, the local Mascouche station. Which never aired. Because Marcotte threatened to sue.

And Marcotte apparently spent time on Accurso’s yacht. Accurso’s partner, Normand Trudel, was doing Mascouche the honour of removing snow from its streets… at prices up to 65 times higher than elsewhere in the province.

Marcotte has repeatedly refused to resign.

Move along, nothing to see here.


 
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Quebec municipal politics, nutshell edition

  1. Nice segue.

    I'm waiting for Quebec to apologize to Macleans for making them apologize to Quebec for reporting the truth.

  2. Nice segue.

    I'm waiting for Quebec to apologize to Macleans for making them apologize to Quebec for reporting the truth.

  3. This happens all across Canada. Quebec isn't the exception, it's the norm

  4. This happens all across Canada. Quebec isn't the exception, it's the norm

  5. Quebec politics has been dirty a long time. That province is run by organized crime, biker gangs, and unions.

    The politicians in that province are simply the public face for a very ugly body politic.

    What Quebec needs…….is its own Hosni Mubarak. At least the province wouldn't be as corrupt.

  6. Quebec politics has been dirty a long time. That province is run by organized crime, biker gangs, and unions.

    The politicians in that province are simply the public face for a very ugly body politic.

    What Quebec needs…….is its own Hosni Mubarak. At least the province wouldn't be as corrupt.

    • Mubarak is a corruption fighter?

    • Quebec already had a dictator. His name was Duplessis and his poltiical and ideological descendants are well represented in the street level political corruption that goes on today.

      Concentrating power means you have one player in the corruption industry who cleans up. More convenient for the foreign investor maybe, because they at least know who to bribe, but rarely better for the citizens. The solution is to distribute decision making, with transparency, good checks and balances and vigorous and critical questioning and examination of the decisions and decision makers.

  7. Mubarak is a corruption fighter?

  8. Quebec already had a dictator. His name was Duplessis and his poltiical and ideological descendants are well represented in the street level political corruption that goes on today.

    Concentrating power means you have one player in the corruption industry who cleans up. More convenient for the foreign investor maybe, because they at least know who to bribe, but rarely better for the citizens. The solution is to distribute decision making, with transparency, good checks and balances and vigorous and critical questioning and examination of the decisions and decision makers.

  9. That was a pretty busy yacht for government folk, no? I am pretty sure Marcotte was not the only guest.

  10. That was a pretty busy yacht for government folk, no? I am pretty sure Marcotte was not the only guest.

  11. I look forward to the day that WikiLeaks releases the guest lists from the Irvings'
    salmon lodges in NB. Or maybe the crack Macleans could manage to skip on an
    ice floe coming down the St. Lawrence … it's close to that time of year.

  12. I look forward to the day that WikiLeaks releases the guest lists from the Irvings'
    salmon lodges in NB. Or maybe the crack Macleans could manage to skip on an
    ice floe coming down the St. Lawrence … it's close to that time of year.

    • Huge shipbuilding contracts are about to be awarded. I think a really close look at those might be fruitful.

  13. Huge shipbuilding contracts are about to be awarded. I think a really close look at those might be fruitful.

  14. I wonder if Richard Marcotte has a Bonhomme costume and a brief case?

  15. I wonder if Richard Marcotte has a Bonhomme costume and a brief case?

  16. Normand Trudel, was doing Mascouche the honour of removing snow from its streets… at prices up to 65 times higher than elsewhere in the province.

    Must have been one heck of a luxurious snow removal. Perhaps he placed every flake according to specification, one snowflake at a time.

  17. Normand Trudel, was doing Mascouche the honour of removing snow from its streets… at prices up to 65 times higher than elsewhere in the province.

    Must have been one heck of a luxurious snow removal. Perhaps he placed every flake according to specification, one snowflake at a time.

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