It only takes a dead 3 year old…

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The world has been rocked by the image of the 3-year-old Syrian refugee who washed up on shore in a failed attempt to escape the barbaric warfare that’s enveloped Syria.

While regular people are saddened and shocked, not only by the boy’s death, but the greater tragedy it symbolises, it also opened the door to anonymous separatists showing us once again, more clearly than ever what drives their movement.

If you’re already upset at the story, you might want to hold off on reading the comments below, which  will no doubt enrage you.

For years, separatists have tried to argue that their movement is not rooted in hatred, isolationism, racism and ignorance.

For years they’ve tried arguing that their movement has legitimacy.

After reading the comments below, you’ll see more clearly than ever, once and for all what Quebec’s separatists are all about:

“On en a eu plein d’enfant nous aussi et ce,  ici même dans notre beau pays qui est le notre et qui aussi n’ont pas vécu assez vieux.

Personne ne les pleure eux,  aujourd’hui…”

“Avant de faire entrer des réfugier, ont devrait s’occuper mettre l’argent pour nos personnes agées, et nous aussi beaucoup de personne dans le besoin”

“Le Canada (y compris le Québec) va se « ghettoïser » encore plus… Toronto est assise sur une poudrière de multiculturalisme dangereuse et tout l’monde ferme les yeux… Bah, on fera de la gestion de crise au moment opportun je présume.”

“Pourquoi n’est ce pas un pays musulman qui les accueille ? Il serait beaucoup plus facile à intégrer.”

“Ouin encore plus au Québec. C’est PET qui serait content lui qui voulait noyer le Québec dans l’immigration. Les problèmes doivent être regler là bas et pas déplacer le problème . Charité bien ordonné commence par soi même. Ensuite d’ici une vingtaine d’années ont braillera qu’on a des problèmes avec la langue la religion et que sais-je encore. C’est déjà commencé.”

“Achetez-vous du pop corn et regardez-les mourir.”

Next time a separatist tries to convince you that the movement is open in spirit and that they want Quebec to be its own country on account that it’s more ‘about the people’ you can show them these comments.

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OMG – Is Quebec Finally Evolving?

quebec fonctionnaires paresseuxIt’s like my biggest political wetdream is finally becoming vividly true.

The crosshairs are finally set on two of the state’s biggest bloated rip-offs: The SAQ and Revenu Quebec.

I almost cannot believe the abolition of these two “societes” might well see the business end of the proverbial political shotgun.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised. To date Couillard has shown himself to be a very determined leader and completely unlike his sac-less predecessor, Jean Charest.

Let’s begin with Revenu Quebec.

Know what I love about separatists? They always clamour that a sovereign Quebec would be cheaper because we’d “no longer have duplicate government services”.

They love citing Revenu Quebec as one of these such examples. Speaks volumes about their utter lack of travel, otherwise, they’d understand that Quebec is the only province in Canada to have these “double-ups”.

Maurice DuPlessis claimed Ottawa was ‘stealing’ from Quebec and that was the M.O. for bringing this government entity into existence. Odd picture isn’t it? Of all the provinces and territories that make up the federation, Quebec’s the only one that needs its own auditor.

Here’s the real deal with Revenu Quebec – it’s nothing more than a shameless cras-grab. I’ve lived all over Canada and seen the different income tax rates and Quebec’s was always the worst.

I’ll never forget how,  many moons ago, I went to live in Toronto and got a job at a warehouse. $13 an hour. That was actually more than what similar jobs were paying in Quebec, so I was already off to a better start.

When my first pay came, my jaw nearly hit the floor. I had about $60 or $70 more on my cheque than I would’ve have had for the same pay in Quebec.

And that’s what I love about the separatists sticking up for RQ – they claim it’s a measure to protect the people of Quebec when it is in fact, it’s a license to sodomize the taxpayer without any trace of mercy.

When you bring this point up to separatists, they gleefully regurgitate canned separatist excuse #76.5:

But the cost of living in Quebec is cheaper than other parts of Canada!

Vraiment?

Son, didn’t you hear me when I said I’ve lived in other parts of Canada?

You might want to try it some time. That way you’d understand that the lowest cost of living in a large Canadian city belongs to Winnipeg.

Actually, this is where we drag the SAQ into the cost of living argument.

One of my favourite red wines is a bottle with the Fleur Du Cap label on it.

Know how much an Ontarian drinker of Fleur Du Cap pays for his bottle? About $5 less than the guy in Quebec.

And why is it this way?

Because the state handed the SAQ the right to do this.

This monopoly has helped foster the corrupt union culture that has robbed Quebec of its work ethic and integrity for almost two generations now. People are being paid $25 fucking dollars an hour to stack bottles on a shelf.

Already, the good ol’ separatist/union boys club has come out swinging right away…doing whatever they can to preserve their $60K/year pay for minimum-wage job lifestyles:

The SAQ cries foul

If you click on that link you’ll see how the union bosses quickly collaborated with the directors of the SAQ to do whatever they could to preserve their monopoly.

Revenu Quebec did much the same. Actually, both organizations pushed their counter arguments out before the government was to deliver its scheduled report.

I’m telling you folks, this kind of shit ONLY happens in Quebec. This is the only state in North America, where an organization would not only contradict the boss in public, but go the extra step and preemptively “show them up”.

The directors of the SAQ and Revenu Quebec responsible for these press releases are lucky I’m not in power. They would be fired in a heartbeat for this kind of behavior.

Of course, they can’t be entirely blamed for the temptation of doing what they did, because PKP’s newspapers have featured about 8 articles on the subject in 24 hours and you can pretty much guess which side they lean towards.

Like I said, Couillard is living up to his last name and holding his ground and hasn’t even reached year two of his mandate yet, so time is on his side.

Sorry to all the unionist seps that may be reading this, but this time around, it truly is the end of the line with the way things have been up to now and the age of living artificially is about to take its place in the history books.

Those who do not remember the past…join the Parti Quebecois

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And we are back from the summer holidays.

I decided to take a step back for summer and time my hiatus to Jean LaPierre’s vacation and it seems like that was the right move to make, as it’s only now, as we approach the fall session (which kicks off in less than 3 weeks), that some noteworthy newsbites are emerging.

Now, let me pour a little bit of oil on my joints before I take my first swing.

OK, ready – swing and…the first hit is on PFK Gilles Duceppe.

I’ll admit it – when tomato-face announced that he was taking over the very party he led into bloody defeat, I was shocked. I personally never would have thought it possible that Duceppe would return and even my father, a hardcore cynic, was caught off guard.

Truth be told however, it paints a vivid picture of the purs-et-durs set, which Duceppe belongs to. At 70+, they know that they stand little chance of seeing Quebec become a sovereign state before their lights go out.

I guess the passing of Jacques Parizeau had a profound effect on Duceppe and made him realize that he had one final chance to try and accomplish what Parizeau will now never be able to do.

Turns out that Harper, Trudeau and Mulclair didn’t have to do anything to take care of Duceppe as a potential threat – Father Fate dealt the ol’ Silverfox a 16% marketshare only a few short weeks after reprising his role as the leader of the BQ.

We’re still two months away from the federal elections and Duceppe is already realizing that he will be joining Parizeau in the Good ‘Ol Separatist Boys Club in the Sky before he’ll ever see Quebec being coloured blue on world maps.

Can’t say I feel sorry for him.

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Watching their federal counterparts driving hard towards the proverbial iceberg hasn’t been easy for the Parti Quebecois.

Seriously, not only has the separatist option been in steady decline for several years now, but with each passing week the Bloc Quebecois is steadily losing points. Kind of feels like by the time we get to October, the ship will have sunk beneath the waters before they even make it to the iceberg.

This would explain why the Parti Quebecois’ pre-fall session caucus meeting was entirely devoted to developing strategies to help prevent the BQ from being erased from the political map in just a few weeks… instead of planning around issues such as health care, the economy, education, continued negotiations with public sector workers, energy development and all those other boring little things that make up every day REAL life.

Why should the Parti Quebecois focus on real life?

Real life is sooooooo boring.

Talking about how many imaginary military jets the non-existent country of Quebec should have is so much more fun.

Tell you the truth, I’m a little dismayed. Gilles Duceppe forgot the past, so he re-joined the BQ and now we definitely know what’s going to happen. (Talk about a spoiler!)

And now PFK is tearing a page out of Pauline Marois’ (losing) playbook and talking about all the assets the imaginary country of Quebec will claim after asserting its sovereignty.

Man, now I know how the makers of Suicide Squad felt when all that footage got leaked long before the release of the movie’s first trailer.

While I never want to see another PQ government in power again…I still want the chill of knowing there’s a chance they might score the victory. Instead, I’ve been cheated – the ending to the movie that is the 2018 provincial election has already been spoiled.

Happy Birthday to a REAL Country

quebec libreWant to see me burst out into guffaws of laughter that would make a drunken uncle blush?

Have a separatist tell me Canada isn’t a real country.

I like that one.

But I’m not going to waste time here explaining to our career-welfare recipients why Canada is as real as it gets.

No way.

Instead, I want to share with you something that recently rattled me to my foundations.

I read about a play showing in Toronto, I believe it’s called Apocalypsis.

The play debuts with an African girl who came to Canada as a refugee.

I can’t recall the exact country, but when I’m done telling you this story, I think you’ll be able to guess.

At the age of 12, this girl’s village was attacked by rebels.

True to the nature of backwood African militiamen, these rebels were brutal and merciless.

They forced this girl to watch them hack her parents to death with machetes…only to chop off both of her hands right afterwards.

She fled the village with her arms bleeding and charged for the woods surrounding her village.

That was the last thing thing she remembered about that horrible night.

When she woke up, she was in a hospital bed and the stumps that are now her arms were heavily bandaged.

Shut Up

Listen, I’m sure that some separatists can read this and come up with trite comments about how the African rebel attack simply doesn’t apply to the Canada-Quebec situation.

They’re very good at that kind of thing.

Making excuses is the easiest thing in the world.

That’s why all separatists are so good at it.

Will I be celebrating Canada’s birthday?

No…or at least, not in the way sovereignists celebrate Holy Separatist Day.

I won’t be wearing the colours.

I won’t be waving a flag.

I will however, think of the African girl and millions of others like her — man, woman and child alike, who endure conditions and brutality we simply can’t wrap our thoughts around.

What I will be celebrating is the attitude of gratitude.

Every single one of us born here in Canada are winners of one of the greatest lotteries ever.

We were born in a country where our poor are rich compared to the poor of other nations.

When the global economy melted in 2008, we suffered like everyone else, but thanks to our infrastructure, we recovered five times faster than the U.S.

Gun violence in this country isn’t even a glimmer of what it is down in the U.S.

We have ready access to all kinds of loans to help us along.

The only people who can’t see this abundance are the ones who’ll be looking to make trouble on the 1st of July.

To those people, I say SHUT UP.

Canada Day is not the day where we should have to hear your excuses for hating.

It’s a day to for celebration and for separatists, a day to face the truth.

Truth #1: The reason you’re unemployed/undermployed is not for a lack of opportunities for the Francophone, it’s because you’re fucking lazy. Really, it’s that simple.

Truth #2: If Quebec looks broke, it’s because that’s true – it really is broke, but not for the reason separatists think it is. It’s not broke because Ottawa won’t take its foot off Quebec’s neck. It’s broke because previous governments behaved like degenarate gamblers.

Truth #3: The reason French is disappearing in Montreal is not the cause of some federal scheme, it’s simply what happens when a melting pot is situated so close to two English entities and has ready access to English media. If you don’t like it, do a better job of raising your kids.

Truth #4: You also can’t blame Ottawa for not having the same respect for the environment that Quebec does – not when Quebec has the highest rate of per-capita car ownership.

Tomorrow, while those of us who understand how lucky they are to live in Canada count their blessings, a tiny pocket of the country’s population will grit their teeth in anger over the fact that they’re losers who’ve accomplished nothing in life.

Despite the abundance of opportunity and financial support from both the public and private sectors, they find themselves at the very bottom of the barrel. Blaming everyone else but themselves for that fact is the easiest thing in the world.

Welcome to Canada!

To any new arrivals and refugees reading this, I want to say, welcome – make yourselves at home and enjoy the comforts.

If anyone tells you you’re not welcome, just ignore them.

Take care.

Happy Holy Separatist Day!

I was hoping to take this week kind of easy.

The summer heat’s been F’N up my sleep and I’ve gotten my ass hopelessly addicted to binge-watching season 3 of Orange Is The New Black.

But this of course, is St. Jean Baptiste week and what would this week be if we didn’t have the ire of chest-thumping nationalism showing us just how retrograde and what little the “OUI” vote has to offer Quebec society.

Where to begin?

Oh yeah… I’m not going to get into this one. You’ll just have to read it and make what you will from it.

I WANT you to do drugs…

Don’t know about you, but I’ve done lots of drugs in my lifetime.

Started pretty early too.

You know what’s really ironic?

My parents always told me: “Don’t you ever do drugs!”

My school principal would always tell us: “Don’t you ever do drugs!”

The police visiting our school would also say: “Don’t you ever do drugs!”

That just made me even more curious and it was inevitable that I would eventually get my first taste.

Anyone who understands anything about psychology knows that coercion very often leads to the exact outcome you were hoping to suppress.

You’d figure that Longueil mayor Carole St. Hilaire, a mother of four, if I’m not mistaken would understand this premise.

Clearly she does not.

That’s why she published the following outburst on Face de Bouk regarding a Longueil councillor’s insistence on delivering his discourses in both languages:

“C’est pourtant simplement une question de bon sens et de respect: 96 % de la population de Longueuil comprend le français, il n’a donc pas besoin de traduire systématiquement tous ses propos en anglais, chaque fois qu’il prend la parole, sous prétexte qu’il veut être compris par l’ensemble de la population. Nous sommes au Québec et les délibérations au conseil de ville DOIVENT se dérouler en français”

She was met with criticism for her remarks.

St. Hilaire doesn’t like being questioned on her political leanings, so she called the criticism “intimidation”, “threats” and “insults”.

Well, I do have some good news for St. Hilaire – this fading underwear stain of a dead movement is not alone in her struggle to accept the reality of modern Quebec. Full story can be read here, courtesy of PKP Media.

Fuck L’Anglais, Tabarnak!

Sophie Durocher must have forgotten what shit tastes like.

Sure didn’t take her long.

Feels like just yesterday that she penned a petty, biased diatribe against Jay Baruchel where she generally pissed on his name for having the ‘audacity’ to move to Toronto.

Maybe Sophie couldn’t find a date for Holy Separatist Day and her resulting frustration inspired her to lash out at the English community yet again.

What I love best is that our dear Sophie admits she frequents the businesses she names in her ‘column’ and yet feels a need to slander them in the same breath.

While St. Jean Baptiste was meant to inspire pride and celebration, it now flames the rage that plagues the dying breed that is the Pur-et-Dur.

This is all the more reason to believe the movement is finished – it’s core promoters aren’t even trying to look civil anymore.

Happy St. Jean, Sophie!

If I see you on July 1st (you know, that day we celebrate a REAL country), I’ll buy you a hotdog and a Pepsi. Totally NSA 🙂

Today Has Been Cancelled

Folks, a year ago today, something quite eventful came to pass and I was hoping to celebrate it.

I had every intention of paying an homage to this event, but the key person this all hinged on was just too arrogant to even bother answering my email regarding this anniversary with a simple “no”. I would imagine that cavorting with the community is perhaps less fun than governing over it.

Temp-pis.

With that said, screw the homage, we’ll just carry on with the task at hand of making sure the pests are kept at bay.

We’ll leave sentimentality to the separatists given their peculiar talent for living in the past.

I’m preparing for a long-weekend, but will leave you with this for your coffee talk.

Only in Quebec: “PKP gagne sa première bataille!!”

****HUGE UPDATE BELOW****

Last night the Liberals held on to Jean-Talon and stole Chauveau away from the CAQ.

The latter a big surprise that not many had expected, the former, not so much.

Know what’s an even bigger surprise than the Libs capturing Chauveau?

The PQ declaring a victory (of sorts).

Confused?

Here…let me get the PQ fan-boys/girls to explain it to you:

La victoire du à Qbec est énorme compte tenu couverture médiatique du #JdeQC_Soleil_radios poubelles qui lui était nettement défavorable

Pour un parti que les merdias croyaient fini, la remontée du est le prélude des prochaines victoires.

Qc:Bcp de positif le est est allé chercher un gros % de la qui se morcelle. Prochaines élections majoritaire

And of course, PKP’s servants aren’t shy about getting in on the act themselves. This is where our little friends got the idea that a rainbow is waiting for them in 2018.

Overall, bad news for the CAQ, great steal for the Libs and for any Pequistes reading…the Parti Conservateur du Quebec made larger gains in Chauveau than the PQ did, so don’t get too excited. 🙂

THE HUGE UPDATE:

Gilles Duceppe is back!!

Honestly, I love it. Say what you will about Gilly, but he is a character and a half.

I simply CANNOT wait to see his face go tomato-red in the coming elections…which is always ravishingly contrasted by that white mane.

Quick little open-note to Gilles:

My dear sir,

You are no Robert Bourassa. I’m sorry, but you just aren’t.

Bou-bou is in a league of his own.

I would also advise you against dreaming too big or over-estimate your name-power.

See, PKP is the PQ’s freshly-minted leader and despite that, the PQ gained no ground in yesterday’s two by-elections. Sure, you might want to argue that a gain of 5% is something to write home about, but let’s square up and call it like it is – if  higher-profile player like PKP can’t elevate the PQ’s clout by at least 20%, what can you honestly bring to the Bloc?

Separatist Roundup of the Week

Swear to God, it’s almost impossible to have a boring time in Quebec politics (whether or not the Assembly is in session).

Of course, we’ve all heard by now that separatist movement’s Vito Corleone has passed on to the big Referendum in the sky and the state will be picking up the tab for his funeral. Know what the average cost of a funeral happens to be?

Anywhere between $6K to $10K for regular. Not exactly chump change. With a price tag like that, it’d be little wonder to hear people wish the state would pick up the tab for their funerals when the big sleep arrives.

Wanna how much a state funeral costs? Put it to you this way: Jack Layton’s state funeral cost taxpayers $370K.

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Speaking of Parizeau, I once watched a documentary on his political life (not sure what it’s called) and it painted a portrait of a man who embodied the very mentality that fuels the separatist mentality.

While the documentary was balanced, Parizeau’s faults were laid clear:

  • Socially inept
  • Obsessive
  • Contradictory
  • Under-handed

When you put the more hardcore separatists under the microscope, you’ll find these traits in spades.

Need an example?

So glad you asked because here we go…

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“Un artiste ne peut pas s’exprimer à moins que ce soit pour supporter l’indépendance du Québec”

Montreal-born/raised actor/director Jay Baruchel was recently interviewed about his move to Toronto, which came  as a shock to some since Jay was known as a die-hard hometown Montreal guy. PS…he’s an ANGLOPHONE 😦

He was known to fly the Quebec colours at international events and always paid hommage to his home province, which endeared him to the Francophone side.

So when news broke out that he had “abandoned” and “betrayed” the motherland, it resulted in pretty much the same raging furor we saw regarding the Sugar Sammy billboard story.

It only took ___ Journal de Montreal “columnists” to cover this scandal

Sylvie Durocher (no wonder Gab Roy wanted to beat this woman up)

Mathieu Bock-Côté (would it be a party if he didn’t show up?)

Tania Longpré (Sorry, but I cannot take the opinion of someone with so little self-control seriously)

Even Lise Ravary got into the act for fuck’s sake. However, I have to say that I have lost respect for her and no longer trust her journalistic integrity after she deleted a column she wrote against PKP just two hours after publishing it.

Lise even went so far as to sign off with “Jay Baruchel doit des excuses à bien du monde.”

Before reading any further, why don’t you take a few seconds to read the comments section of one (or all) of those columns.

Read a few comments?

OK, now how can we apply the traits we mentioned characterize the typical separatist to the writers of those columns and the bloodthirsty jackals trolling up the comment boards?

  • Socially inept – just take a good look at the way the separatists lash out at their critics or debate opponents. To call it rabid is to be kind. 
  • Obsessive – this goes without saying, but it’s too much fun to point out. Some of these people are clearly wishing Baruchel dead for his decision.
  • Contradictory – These people were totally cool when Baruchel was still feeling good about life in Quebec, but rather than look at why he feelings have changed, its easier to judge than examine.

Bottom line on Baruchel: No Mme Ravary, Jay doesn’t owe apologies to anyone.

Unlike all of the JdM writers who slandered him and the hordes of losers who joined in their chorus of disdain, Baruchel is successful. 

This young man went and built the life he wanted. He’s the Quebec success story that these Francophone journalist and trolls wished they could have been.

This legion of haters banded together to do what they do best – burn the “individualiste” (that’s French for someone who makes shit happen) at the stake for being able to accomplish great things they’ll never be able to do because their destiny hinges on collectivism.

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This of course brings us to our ever lovely gentleman, PKP.

Unfortunately, no one in Quebec will launch an investigation into his dealings with his media assets since getting into politics. 

Should such an investigation take place, it would find that PKP did indeed call on his JdM writers to all scribble up that garbage about Jay Baruchel.

They would also find him red-palm guilty of ordering this trash piece the day after Parizeau’s passing.

The man is totally at the helm of the information coming out of that rag and anyone with at least two watts knows it.

Of course, for the time being, the PQ has bought itself some time by stating  it has no confidence in the National Assembly’s jurisconsulte, which makes the possibility of the investigation I wish for even more remote.

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I’ve made it perfectly clear that I in no way fear PKP or what he (won’t) bring to the sovereignist movement.

However, now that Vito Corleone is gone and PKP is fighting harder than ever to keep hold of his media empire and remain a political leader at the same time, you can expect an uptick in extremism.

What we’ve just seen with BaruchelGate is an example of how PKP will be using his clout to turn the movement’s lunatic fringe into drones that can be operated like robots.

Don’t think for a second that this kind of C-grade journalism will win anyone over to the YES camp – it won’t.

What it will help to do is galvanize the angry, lifeless losers who have nothing else in life, but the singular obsession with sovereignty to adopt the salesman’s rule of 7.

The rule of 7 is this: if you sincerely apply yourself to 100 pitches, you’re almost guaranteed at least 7 sales.

The logic being that if he can get at least 10,000 hardcore nutbags to pitch the Parti Quebecois/Sovereignty to at least 100 each, and get 7 people on board that’ll give the movement a boost of 70K new members/supporters…

…and that’s why the separatist movement should never be counted out before it’s official – especially with a media baron who knows a thing or two about viral marketing at the helm.

Jacques Parizeau 1930 – 2015

While I’m not going to sit here and write a tribute to Parizeau, don’t come here expecting me to dance on his grave. Not my style.

I’m only covering this occasion because love him or hate him, Parizeau embodied an aspect of the separatist movement that will follow him to the grave.

The passion and vigor Parizeau had for his movement is rooted in a bygone era whose circumstances are not transferable to this day and age.

I’ve said it before in the past – in its initial run, the separatist movement did have some merit. French Canadians weren’t getting as much of a fair shake as they should have gotten, and someone did in fact need to stand up for their collective rights.

We know who those players were.

The irony of the situation is that their initial goal with the sovereignist movement was to establish greater respect for the French-speaking members of the population and to empower them with the same benefits and opportunities all other Canadians enjoyed.

Mission accomplished (without accomplishing THE mission).

Quebec never achieved statehood, but today, the average Francophone can accomplish anything he or she sets out to do.

There are no educational barriers. The proof is in the number of Pequistes who’ve studied at McGill and Concordia (or for that matter, taught at one of the two schools).

There are no economic barriers. Poverty will never be 100% eradicated. However, Quebec’s people today enjoy just as high a standard of living as their compatriots in the ROC (they’re also the most highly-taxed, but we’ll touch on that some other time).

And there are no cultural barriers, save for the make-belief ones you find in the separatist neverland the Pequistes frolic in day after day. Quebec’s Francophone arts scene is in pretty good health considering its microtic base.

When Parizeau grew up in the 30s and 40s, the age of the Great Darkness, saying he didn’t have the same opportunities and amenities today’s youth have makes for a grand understatement. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t see such an era replicating itself in this day and age.

Today, the separatist movement has to draft its players from a youth base that is obsessed with American culture and is perma-plugged into the Facebook matrix.

When not screwing around on trivialities, this youth is focused on building their careers and buying property earlier in life than Parizeau’s era ever was.

Naturally, the members of the separatist community are grieving today, not just because they lost the patriarch of their movement, but also because they’re well aware that his passing symbolizes the end of something even greater.

I’d sign-off saying thank you to Parizeau for what he did help Francophones with, but when I look at my Francophone mother and her four siblings and what they (working-class members of the Duplessis era) all accomplished without the help of government, I’d say it’s testament that the Quebecois never needed a separatist movement to help them.

They only had to believe in themselves and repeat a popular mantra: “Si on veut, on peut.”

Can the Quebecois Titanic be steered away from the Corruption Iceberg?

Wow.

That’s all I can say right now.

I’m completely flabbergasted by the news recently revealed by the Quebec media  concerning Jean Charest and Pauline Marois.

Turns out that after Marois defeated Charest in the 2012 election, they put together a plan…and not just any plan – we’re talking about one of them movie-plot quality hooks that made this plan a very nefarious one.

The deal was this: Charest would open the door to (excessively) generous post-office funding to former premiers. Marois was more than happy to oblige.

End result: These two career-politicians tried to pull one over on tax-payers and damn-near got away with it (but they were not the only ones – keep reading).

It all started when the JdM was trying to get more information on why Dominique Payette (Parizeau’s step-daughter) snagged a $24K research contract from Pauline Marois.

Right now, you’re probably telling yourself, “meh, no surprise there, just a politician using her clout to help out her friend”

Kind of.

You see, while that does indeed happen all the time, there was something very fishy about this Payette’s research contract — it was issued to her by Marois AFTER the PQ had been defeated and removed from office.

And YOU paid for it. 🙂

LOL-zy!

And you thought the Charbonneau commission was going to clean all that shit up too, didn’t you?

Ah, and now, you’re probably telling yourself, “Couillard will clean this up and put an end to it.”

If this were any other province, peutêtre…but this is Quebec y’all, the land that logic and common sense had long ago forsaken.

See, shortly after leaving office, Parizeau was up to the same shenanigans. He was constantly shuttling back and force between his private vineyard in France and Quebec on the taxpayer’s dime.

Lucien Bouchard, who had just taken the helm and was trying to clean up the state’s finances, disagreed with Parizeau’s lavish lifestyle and cut it off and supposedly “sealed off the valves”.

Apparently, Bouchard had weak wrists, because it didn’t take much twisting for not only Charest and Marois to reward themselves with a filthy lucre, but there is another former premier involved (coming up in a sec…).

So far, Jean Charest has billed taxpayers close to $370K since leaving office. Oui, since leaving office.

These “transitional” expenses are supposed to cover moving, the rental of an office, “transitional staff” as well as a security driver for three years.

What I’m about to tell you is really going to piss you off (you know, if you work for a living and that kinda shit…):

Just the office furniture and phone bill (less than three years of use) come out to $42K.

What really leaves me scratching my head however is this: why is the taxpayer paying for Charest’s office rent when he’s a partner at a private law firm?

Which brings us to that the third former-premier I told you about who got to use tax payers money to live it up rock-star style: Bernard Landry.

There’s a limit I can say about Charest and Marois – I don’t know them and don’t spend any time with them.

Different story with Bernie.

I used to work in the same law firm as Bernard Landry.

While all the other lawyers and paralegals in the firm were constantly fluttering about, getting documents processed and expedited, meeting with partners and clients alike all throughout out the day…

…Landry would spend his day reading magazines.

Sometimes, as I’d pass his office, his feet (I’m not shitting you here) were kicked up on his desk — at an internationally-recognized law firm.

I ran this by a lawyer in my family and he told me that a lot of former politicians with legal pedigrees were hired by firms post-office, just for show.

That’s it. They were picked up merely for name brand points, nothing more.

So I looked into it and sure as hell, in the time Landry was in political office, his membership in the bar had expired and he could no longer legally practice law – he really was there only for show and…YOU were paying for this show.

Landry got many of the same perks as Charest and Marois and in total had gotten the state to cover almost $140K of his post-political expenses. I should also note that around the same time that Landry was at the law firm, he was also doing work for Concordia, so the old man wasn’t exactly struggling for cash.

What I’m also poking at here is, and it would take someone to confirm this for me, for all we know Charest might not even be a member of the bar any more…making his lucre even more scandalous.

Bi-Partisan Banditry

As you can see, this is a problem that transcends the separatist/federalist divide.

The common populace is so blinded by the Canada/Quebec debate that this kind of corruption can carry on almost unchecked.

In a future post, I will explain why, in greater detail, corruption is so ingrained in Quebec’s culture and why, even if you were to see the separatist movement crash and burn in spectacular fashion in the next election, this will not change for a very long time.

For now however, I will say I’m very happy Quebec’s journalists got their hands on this information and broke it to the public.