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  • Kate 11:59 on 2012/09/26 Permalink | Reply  

    The defeated PQ candidate in Gouin gets a nice consolation prize: he’s to be named czar of the AMT.

    Meanwhile, Mayor Tremblay is losing one of his valued cronies: André Lavallée is joining the Quebec municipal affairs ministry as under-minister. La Presse says J-F Lisée recruited him specifically.

    • Steve Quilliam 12:17 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      Will all of this help Montreal ? Or is it only elected people doing favor to friends ?

    • Kate 12:22 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      I am hearing some chatter that while Lavallée is not Mr. Charisma, he really does know Montreal well and it will help the city to have him in the Marois government.

      Not sure about the AMT nomination. People liked Nicolas Girard in Gouin and I heard several people – not committed PQ voters – say they would’ve supported him had Françoise David not made such a strong case for herself. I have a feeling running the AMT is kind of a thankless task though.

    • Joey 12:30 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      While highest-ranking bureaucrats in any given dept. in the U.S. are called under-seceretaries, I think Canadian nomenclature would suggest Lavallée is a deputy minister, though under-minister has a nice ring to it.

    • Kate 13:06 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      You may be right. I’ve been listening to BBC radio so much on the web that British terminology may be creeping in.

    • Joe 15:51 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      @kate: In this case, it’s not a matter of British terminology creeping in, it’s a matter of a Gallicism (influence from the French) creeping into the English as used in the Province of Quebec.

      Under-ministers just don’t exist anywhere, unless it happens to be in the land of bad translation.

    • Jack 14:21 on 2012/09/27 Permalink

      @Kate I have had dealings with both Girard and Lavallee and I have to say I was impressed by both.Lavallee when he was borough mayor in Rosemount actually invited myself and 4 others to talk about the problems surrounding the Jean Talon market…….. for 4 hours on a Saturday, that impressed me.Even more he then delievered, by the way soon someone in the english media will mention his FLQ links as a 19 year old, I assure you he is over it.

    • Ephraim 15:13 on 2012/09/27 Permalink

      AMT position is usually a crony job.

  • Kate 10:47 on 2012/09/26 Permalink | Reply  

    City council avoided the Yom Kippur issue this year by wrapping up business before the Jewish holiday began.

  • Kate 10:15 on 2012/09/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Late with this news, but a major benefit concert is being thrown at the Metropolis on Monday, the take going to establish a trust fund for the family of Denis Blanchette, killed there the night of the election.

  • Kate 10:13 on 2012/09/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Ex MUHC czar Arthur Porter is accused of using MUHC funds for his own purposes and possibly of colluding to give big contracts to SNC-Lavalin and businesses belonging to Tony Accurso. Porter left the country after his abrupt departure from his top MUHC post in December 2011.

  • Kate 10:09 on 2012/09/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal MP Justin Trudeau is said to be about to announce he’s going to run for leadership of the federal Liberal party. Radio-Canada says the official announcement will be on October 2.

    Interesting sidelight: Deborah Coyne announced her intention to run for Liberal leader back in June. She’s the mother of Justin’s much younger half-sister.

    • steph 15:36 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      I expect party leaders to wear a tie to work.

    • Ian 19:09 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      I expect my government to govern, not to dress pretty for me.

    • david m 19:33 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      i think that i’ve actually succumbed to an irrational, even deranged dislike of justin trudeau, like i’ve come to just despise everything he stands for. it’s been a gradual thing, but i guess it helps strengthen my ndp partisanship, in that, if i’m just implacably and unreasonably hostile to the leaders of both the cpc and the lpc, irrespective of policies, it’s probably better for my soul.

    • ant6n 15:13 on 2012/09/27 Permalink

      Well he seems like a fun guy and everything; but he stands for nothing. Whatsoever.
      He doesn’t seem to care much about policies, so once you realize that and see him smiling and winning people, for no reason, it’s kinda annoying.

    • Kid A 20:05 on 2012/09/27 Permalink


      I wouldn’t put too much stock into this – he may not stand up so well to the everyday scrutiny that would come with being party leader. But still, it gives an idea of the kind of surge he could potentially give the Liberals.

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