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The Commons: Good morning Montreal


 

At 9 o’clock this morning, Mr. Ignatieff’s bus stopped in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood. The Liberal leader disembarked and he and Martin Cauchon, the former Liberal cabinet minister and current candidate in Outremont, proceeded to go for a not-quite-spontaneous stroll down Saint-Viateur, a small horde of humanity and technology clamouring around them as they went. On an even colder morning than the one before, Mr. Ignatieff wore his bright scarf and his long black coat. He recklessly went without gloves.

A woman stepped out of a rotisserie to say hi and cheer him on. “Bravo! Bravo!” she clapped. Another half block and then across the street to Cafe Olimpico, where football banners hung on the wall and women’s curling played on the TVs. After sufficiently working the room, it was off to a cafe back up the road, pausing along the way to greet a small boy with a small puppy. Once at the second cafe, he ordered an espresso and chatted up the barista. As cameras clicked away, the barista outlined his concerns about recently installed parking meters on the street.

After sitting to chat with some of the customers, he was off again. Crossing back over the street, he and the horde headed for St-Viateur Bagel. There he posed for the cameras—lightly tossing a hot bagel in the air at one point—and bagged an opportunistic coalition of poppy seed, sesame seed and blueberry.


 

The Commons: Good morning Montreal

  1. Say what you will about his politics; Mr. Ignatieff has at least made the correct choice of bagel. :D

  2. That's right. I'll take St-Viateur over Fairmount any day.

  3. Canada needs to be very careful of contracting a recurring political disease that cannot be gotten rid of , harpies

  4. Yeah, but did the left wing media ask him about the Leafs playoff hopes? Of course not.

  5. Very nice touch, Mr.Wherrry:
    "After sitting to chat with some of the customers, he was off again. Crossing back over the street, he and the horde headed for St-Viateur Bagel. There he posed for the cameras—lightly tossing a hot bagel in the air at one point—and bagged an opportunistic coalition of poppy seed, sesame seed and blueberry."

    So, you're telling us Mr.Ignatieff is still crossing streets. Tell him to remember that traffic is always light on Sunday mornings, but come Monday, traffic will be heavy once again coming from both directions.

    :)

  6. Did the GG ask Iggy if he was willing/able to form a government when Harper lost confidence?

    And/or did Iggy inform the GG that he was prepared to form a government?

  7. And, true to form, someone talks to him about parking meters…not remotely a federal area.

  8. And, true to form, Ignatieff can't even promise a solution. ;)

  9. The small boy with a puppy should check that he still has his wallet.

  10. OK; I don't like your politics, but I have to admit – that one was clever!

  11. Was the GG in Cafe Olimpico too? Strange Wherry didn't mention it…

  12. Blueberry? Gah…

  13. parking meters…not remotely a federal area.

    Like health care and education and daycare and pension plans and…

  14. Since the feds kick in for those things, they are federal matters.

  15. You will note that the feds are "kicking in" on all sorts of municipal crap, too, lately. Equally bone-headed.

  16. The municipal level is left pretty much on it's own….in fact it's had a wad of things downloaded from the province…and with only property tax to go on.

  17. And true to form, Ignatieff was politie about it, unlike his opponent.

  18. I thought he was a Habs fan.

  19. Saw a news clip: He was gnoshing on one RIGHT OVER THE BIG WOODEN BIN of yet-to-be-sold bagels! Yuck! And no hair net! Can we get a municipal health inspector to chase him down with a summons?

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