Montreal’s status as Lisée fief remains unclear
François Cardinal points out that the status of Montreal isn’t clear in the eyes of the PQ government. A region, a metropolis, a metropolitan area, are these all the same thing? J‑F Lisée is our new insect overlord, whatever it is.
Regular reader Jack pointed out this link to Lysiane Gagnon’s column on Lisée and his recent history with identity politics. This doesn’t just make him a doubtful envoy to Quebec’s anglos, but to polyglot Montreal too. Patrick Lagacé echoes similar thoughts.
Journalism sidenote: Gagnon references a weekend Le Devoir column by Jean Dorion, longtime nationalist guru, in which he distances himself from the impending charte de laïcité and its implications. Does she link to the column? No. In the Gazette blog section Don Macpherson summarizes the Dorion column, but does he link to it? No.
This is petty journalistic territoriality. You are on the web (especially if you’re writing a soi-disant blog). BE of the web. Link to the item you are referencing even if it’s on the site of a competitor. Otherwise you leave the reader hanging. (I had seen the Dorion column and looked at it, but it took me five solid minutes of searching today to find it again – and by now, believe me, I know how to find newspaper items. But newspapers typically make it trickier to find anything more than a day or two old.)