Why this city “needs” Gérald Tremblay
François Cardinal’s Monday blogger says this city needs Gérald Tremblay chiefly so that by hanging onto power, Tremblay will eventually destroy Union Montreal and force us to take a different path at next year’s election.
I agree with Thibault that it was shocking in 2009 when, as corruption accusations were beginning to seethe around city hall, people nonetheless voted Tremblay back in. It was also shocking that only 38% of the electorate took the trouble to vote at all. But I disagree with him that the exclusion of Louise Harel should be pinned on the anglos. Thibault conveniently forgets the scandal around Benoit Labonté that broke out during the election campaign and cast a shadow over Harel and Vision Montreal.
The question I come out with from reading this brief piece is how do you convince people that the right response to disgust at corrupt politicians is not to stay home on voting day but to get out and make the best vote you can?