Tease the day: Montreal corruption cracks national front pages

Will corruption probe stay on the front pages of English media?

by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

CP/Ryan Remiorz

It might not be the kind of thing that’s mentioned in Parliament, but Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission, which has for months made big headlines in Quebec papers, finally cracked the front pages of The Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star. The revelations heard yesterday are major: a former organizer for political party Union Montréal told the commission that Mayor Gérald Tremblay knew about corruption during a past election campaign. And the commission also heard stories of suits allegedly stuffed to the hilt with cash-filled envelopes (not unlike yesterday’s news that an official bought a larger safe when he’d stuffed a smaller one full of cash). Will the English national media continue to give the corruption inquiry front-page treatment?


What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. So does the National Post. The Toronto Star fronts explosive testimony heard at the Charbonneau Commission that implicates Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay in a corruption scandal. The Ottawa Citizen leads with Sandy’s aftermath. iPolitics fronts a study that suggests the U.S. could have have saved trillions of dollars if it had adopted Canadian-style healthcare. National Newswatch showcases a National Post story, which was buried on A6 in the paper, which says a poll suggests a Justin Trudeau–led Liberal Party would win a majority government.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Lost equipment. The feds saw $455 million in equipment, including phones, computers and weapons, stolen from departments. It’s expected to recover all but $15 million. 2. Food banks. A study released yesterday says more Canadians are using food banks—882,000 in March 2012, which is up more than two percent from the same month in 2011.
3. Passport images. A report says new passport images, released by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird last week, fail to reflect Canada’s diversity; specifically, women and multiculturalism. 4. Disaster readiness. If you’re not prepared for an emergency, a new study says you’re not alone. Two-thirds of Canadians are apparently not ready for disaster.




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