It looked like good news. It said that Quebec premier François Legault was losing ground in Quebec politics. It was like the news that your mother-in-law has been killed in an accident while driving your brand-new car. The insurance company will look after the car, but you are really going to miss your mother-in-law. Would it be the same if we did not have Legault to complain about any more?
The man is a bigot, you know. He hates having anglos in Quebec. He tries to bar immigrants who do not speak French. He doesn’t even want Quebec’s English language universities to bring students from other parts of Canada. He certainly doesn’t do much for Quebec tourism.
And what would you expect from a right-wing politician who tramples our Charter of Human rights and Freedoms. He wants a unilingual Quebec in a bilingual Canada.
I like to think of Legault as the “Missing Link.” It is a euphemism for his Third Link which is supposed to be for a tunnel under the St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and its suburbs south of the river. It is one of those on-again-off-again promises that politicians play with depending on their mood.
Having had to use the ferry between the city and Lévis on the south shore a few times, I would vote for a tunnel myself. After all, if the English and the French can have a Chunnel under the English Channel, why can’t Quebec connect with its own south shore? Though I did hear something about the Chunnel to Europe springing a leak the other day. That did not sound good.
The last time I checked on this tunnel scheme the provincial education minister was crying about it in the legislature. That did not sound good either. The tunnel is off again.
In a vain attempt to regain voter approval in the Quebec City area, premier Legault and his fellow hockey enthusiasts in the legislature offered the voters a couple pre-season hockey games in Quebec City by the Los Angeles Kings. The bribe came just after telling Quebecers that there had to be some belt tightening—such as cutting funding for the province’s food banks by $8 million. When it was mentioned that the Los Angeles Kings would cost the government $7 million, it put a damper on the plan.
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