Josh Freed’s column in the Gazette Saturday discusses the need for winter elections in Montreal.
“If city elections were held in February the mayor and his minions would be fighting for their political lives. But they needn’t worry – because the next city election is scheduled for early November, as always. By then our winter complaints will have melted away with a long summer’s heat – and our current problems will seem like distant nightmares.
As a woman I know recently told me: “Winter is like childbirth. If we remembered how painful it was, none of us would ever have another child – and the human species would die out. But somehow we forget the pain and go on – and winter works the same way.””
Indeed it does. It’s astonishing how we forget, yet we do, year after year, forget what winter was really like, fortified by the thought that it might not be too bad, despite the overwhelming evidence that mild, snowless winters in Montreal usually only happen in our minds – in July.
“If there was an election now, winter complaints would dominate the entire campaign period. We’d see newspaper photos of Mayor Tremblay shoveling snow and de-icing sidewalks; we’d see him driving the city’s recently acquired Super Monster Aerial Jet Snowplow ZK767 that can clean entire streets in minutes, without moving any cars. This would be part of his new winter election promise to make Montreal the “winter technology capital of the world”.
Winter elections might actually work. It goes without saying that no one will be happy with the current administration come February, so they would actually have to listen to citizen’s and take appropriate action or it’s time to start singing “na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye”.
We also really need a holiday in February. And why don’t we? Nothing worthy of note ever happened in Canada in February?