Many writers are remarking on the 50th anniversary of the goalie mask as pioneered by Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante. His original homemade efforts pale beside the bright commercially produced items of today. Plante died in 1986.
Updates from November, 2009 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts
Vote counting wasn’t finished yet when I blogged this morning but is now complete. Diane Lemieux, whom Mayor Tremblay hoped to make chairman of the executive committee, was defeated in Ahuntsic; Peter McQueen won a council seat for Projet in NDG.
Mayor Tremblay announced the suspension of several big municipal contracts and also suspended two taxes while the system of contract offers is revised. In fact municipal spending is being held to essential contracts only while the mess is ironed out.
The official election results page – nicely organized, I must say – makes interesting reading this morning. Gérald Tremblay is mayor with 37.5% of the vote, against 32.86% for Louise Harel and 25.67% for Richard Bergeron. Bergeron’s Projet swept all seven positions in the Plateau. Linda Gyulai reports on the mixed message sent by voters.
Few mayors can have won back their seat with so little approval, summed up in this Le Devoir editorial which points out that Tremblay mostly owes his win to Louise Harel’s inability to summon up sufficient support and goes on to warn him he’d better shape up because the parties in opposition will be on his case. In the same paper, Michel David bewails the city’s besmirched reputation and the re-election of Tremblay.
In La Presse, Yves Boisvert sings a similar tune, reminding the mayor that, though he may have won, it wasn’t for very good reasons. Other editorialists and opinion-makers concur that Tremblay may have won but he still has to win back the confidence of citizens.
No, the opposition politicians have their work cut out. They’re the ones that will have to keep a sharp eye on this new Tremblay administration and make it clean up its act, or else next time it will be the one hung out to dry.
Metro suggests ten teleshopping gifts for Mayor Tremblay (what, no ice crampons?).