Montreal in campaign news 2012-08-02
Henry Aubin proposes several economies the Quebec government might make that would concern Montreal. But he glosses over the profound difficulties involved in some of the ideas. Think of the crisis we’d face if cities refused to continue paying employee pensions. Casserole demos would look like kindergarten games by comparison.
Reducing the size of city council would also open the can of worms of the city structure, which I think most would agree has been a kludge since the demerger debacle, but which totters on like a determined zombie. Now that people have cushy jobs in the arrondissement system, they too will kick like mules at the idea of streamlining it.
Metro proposes a few city ridings to watch.
Some level-headed critique of the Charest Liberals’ doubletalk on democracy from le Devoir, more level-headed critique of the Charest government’s economic record; some well presented indignation from someone who says she’s been told to take down liberaux.net but hasn’t so far.
The campaign’s going to drown out most city-level news for a month, but my plan is to make one entry a day looking at campaign news that directly touches on the city, and not let it dominate the blog. I’ll give it a try, anyway.