by Kevin Gould
2016 – 2015
La Presse: Chapleau & others
Le Devoir: Garnotte & Fleg
Journal de Montréal: Beaudet & Ygreck
QMI caught city councillors playing solitaire and reading Facebook on tablets and laptops during council meetings.
emdx, Jack, Bert, and 11 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
I read the paper when my clients speak to me on the phone. It doesn’t mean that I don’t pay attention. It only means that I understood what they meant on their second word but they seem to need 10 minutes to feel satisfied with their explanation. From my experience, these are the people who go to council meetings.
Let’s abolish most borough mayors and many city councillors position therefor we will have less of these people doing nothing while being paid by the citizens.
On the one hand, I sort of agree with Mathieu – a lot of what goes on at council meetings can probably be listened to perfectly well while playing solitaire or doing some other mentally non-demanding thing. On the other hand, councillors ought to be aware media are present and be smart enough not to be caught doing it.
Playing poker is of course egregious, but Facebook is how many councillors communicate with constituents. Plus its a Quebecor piece so they do have to nail as many Projet councillors as possible. Keep up the good work PKP minions.
Let’s not shoot the messenger here. Thank god we have medias like Quebecor for all kinds of things and, among them, keeping a close eye on our elected people who have proven to have been a lot more of a burden than helpful in the past several years.
The same happens in any parliament. Isn’t it possible that with a city and population that’s the size of a small country, that councillors specialize and those don’t really listen when stuff goes on that doesn’t pertain to them?
How many of you are reading (and sometimes commenting on) this from work? Nobody can be 100% productive 100% of the time.
@Steve can you name one constructive piece of investigative journalism that Quebecor-Sun News has done. Taking pictures from a press gallery doesn`t count.
I find it more shocking that these councillors are playing solitaire! It really shows how old school they are, and these are the people running our city? Get with the times! They should be playing farmville or Mafia Wars (whatever it’s called)
@Dhomas: not me! Montreal City Weblog is on the pornography/hate blacklist!
(so says sonicwall)
Farmville is so 2010. :P
I’m really glad we have megalomaniac media spies to report back to us slaves about the inappropriately non-slave-like behavior of non-corporate persons who they would like to have removed. Was anyone daydreaming at that meeting? Did someone have a personal conversation while on the taxpayer’s dime? As a side note: Imagine how much media Quebecor could own if it wasn’t for all those meddling government types…
I’m with qatzi on this. It’s not like they were texting while driving, and were it not for the occasional opportunity to daydream my workaday life would devolve into nightmare realms. Even city councillors may distract themselves for the sake of their own mental health.
denpanosekai: I was once freeloading off the McDonalds wifi in Old Montreal and was shocked to find my blog blacklisted. Where did you find it to be so?
Anyone have any idea how to get a non-offensive site off a list like that?
You can usually contact the admins of the wall and ask them why they’ve classified it as out of reach.
@Jack. On an almost daily basis they release or uncover stories on how our money is being spent. On how it is being badly spent, that is. On how it is being mismanaged by our elected officials and/or our heavy bureaucratic civil servants. Just for that it is worth to have such news agency even though it makes me cringe everytime I read such stories. Kudos for them for being the watchdog.
Steve, Quebecor’s media outlets have for years sold papers by constructing scandals but they’ve never done the solid work we’ve seen in recent years by the Gazette (Linda Gyulai in particular) and La Presse as they’ve dug into all the evidence of corruption and brought it to light.
Most of the “shockers” the Journal digs up are on the order of some elected official playing solitaire while somebody speechifies on a topic of no relevance to his borough or political activities – small things that will make a barber or cabbie go “Tabarnak!” but which make no real difference in the bigger picture.
Sometimes I wonder if they learn urban planning by playing farmville.
But i agree that this is a non-story, just muck-raking.
@ Steve Quebecor-Sun News is not a news organizations.They reflect the very specific world view of their proprietor and essentially propagate his commercial and personal agenda.Just your selection of concerns reflect that, i.e. Public sector bad,Private sector good.
However when PKP gets the public sector (Caisse Depot de Placement) to buy him Videotron and loses 1.5 billion dollars of our pension money, that loss is an “investment”.When he gets the province of Quebec and our entire political class (except Khadir) to build him a rink($400 million),gives him 25 years exclusivity and changes the law to protect him from lawsuits. More importantly he can intimidate politicians too shut the f_ck up, thats responsible public governance.
PS Can we refer to this organization as Quebecor-Sun News, just so our sovreignist friends can see the internal contradiction of PKP’s nationalist credentials.
25 years ago, a friend of mine who was a MCM councillor brought the first laptop ever into city council.
He was told soon after that he could not use such a thing in there…
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