another nasty presidential campaign.
A loyal reader, whom we shall call
Unfortunately, our political strategists
Average Joe, was talking about the “social
have borrowed the same character
crisis” in Québec the other day.
assassination techniques that we smug
“I am feeling a little left out. I am not
Canadians are supposed to despise. The
satisfied with anyone in government, but
sad part is that the attack ads work.”
I cannot really understand the casserole
Today’s politicians expect to be
movement. I feel no need to go out into the
despised. But it is not easy being a
streets and bang on a pot to tell the world
representative. People are demanding;
that I ammad as hell and not going to take
they expect rapid results.
it anymore. And the red square thing – I
“It’s because nobody has ever said No
don’t get. In my day, red square usually
referred to communism. And besides, who
Abbott, Canada’s third Prime Minister. He
You are beginning to sound like a
away any new investors, new jobs or new
has got the time to do all of this protesting?
was born in St. Andrew’s, in what is now St-
sources of tax revenues. But Hawkesbury
I would love to have enough free time to
and the region reflect our evolving
Martha Bethune, a relative of Dr. Norman
sitting on the sidelines.”
economy. North America’s manufacturing
people are doing these days. But taking
It is a wonder that fewer people do not
sector has been shrinking for years.
part in a demonstration is a luxury few of
Abbott, married the daughter of Colonel
take an interest in local government. For
“Nobody wants to get their hands dirty.
us can afford.”
John Hamilton Gray, a Father of
Sad commentary, Joe.
Confederation and Premier of Prince
have spent $25,000 to tell us that the
towork in a nice clean office. But the people
“Seriously, after working all day, or if
Edward Island. John Abbott was also the
transfer of civil servants to thewest end of
who are going to be in demand are the
you areworking a night shift, participatory
great-grandfather of actor Christopher
Ottawa will have little impact on our
trades, like the plumbers, carpenters and
democracy is not the first thing you think
region. The main conclusion Is that we
about when you get home. I admit that,
of Maude Abbott, one of Canada’s earliest
need a better bus service.
It is never too late to learn a new skill.
although everyone thought the Québec
female medical graduates and an expert on
“OK, that is enough. I am getting out
“There is too much talk and not enough
student marches would peter out
congenital heart disease.
the pots and I am getting myself a red
action. Take those ridiculous marathon
eventually, they obviously have made an
“Yeah, but during all those years, the
voting sessions they were holding in the
impact. It does not take a political expert to
government never thought of naming a
House of Commons. The omnibus bill was
see that the casserole wave help do in the
bridge after Abbott.”
going to roll ahead regardless of how long
Liberals in Argenteuil. It was still a bit of a
the opposition parties tried to stall it.”
shock to see that Parti Québécois candidate
MP in the early 1900s, did have the
Yes, but some argue that our democratic
Roland Rochon defeat Liberal candidate
interprovincial bridge named after him
system was tossed under the omnibus.
Lise Proulx in the by-election.”
before the span was renamed after “Long
“That sounds like lefty talk. Losers talk
Yes, despite the unrest, the PQ’s victory
about the Process. The Conservatives have
was rather spectacular. Consider that the
“And that makes a lot of sense?”
a majority; they can do whatever they
last time the Liberals had held Argenteuil
That is already ancient history. And, by
since 1966. You may be interested to know
the way, there is an Abbott Street in
What about thosewho do not agreewith
Some area schools will have new
that the first MNA, serving from 1867 to
the Conservatives’ agenda?
1878, was a Conservative, Sydney Robert
“I am thrilled to read that Hawkesbury
“They can quit whining and start
will soon be getting a Walmart, and not
preparing for the next election campaign.”
Robert Greenshields Meikle.
Plantagenet Public School Principal,
another dollar store. We have almost as
Much will have changed by the time
“Rather English, what?”
many “discount” stores as we have Tim
another vote is held.
Yes, at the time there were a lot of
Horton’s outlets. But are we becoming a
“I don’t think things will have changed
Corners Public School head.
anglophones in Lower Canada. You may
town of retail businesses? Does this mean
enough. By that time, the Conservatives
also be interested in knowing that
that the town has abandoned any hope of
Argenteuil was represented by some high-
attracting new industries?”
the reputation of whoever becomes the
profile politicians. For example, the MP in
who has been transferred to Rockland
Hawkesbury stopped being a factory
leader of the federal Liberals. The
the 1800s was Sir John Joseph Caldwell
town decades ago. No town is going to turn
District High School.
Americans are just getting warmed up for
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