Everyone who pays attention to such things know that The Montreal Gazette is owned by a corporation outside of Quebec that is conservative and would support Steven Harper’s “Reform Party” in a federal election. It supported Gerald Tremblay in the election last fall, suggesting that a regime that had been ducking corruption charges left, right, and center, was somehow the lesser of many evils. That was grossly irresponsible, but not painful for a right wing media empire. In trying to take a tough line along what it perceives to be it’s Anglo readers’ sensibilities, Gazette editorials attempt to take advantage of Anglo insecurities constantly raising old fears in an inept effort to maintain outdated emotions and gather support for conservative values. It’s working in other provinces as part of The Great Dumbing Down of Canada. I tend to think that while Anglo Quebecers may have politically voted themselves into a corner over the last forty years or so, I don’t believe they are so easily manipulated as to buy into this American style of aggressive fact bending and outright lying.
Gazette editorials are completely out of touch with Montrealers as the following article strongly suggests.
In this article The Gazette attempts to do a hatchet job on the Projet Montreal team in Le Plateau that were elected last fall. The article focuses on the recent decision to ban large billboard advertising in Le Plateau and tries to defend the rights of advertisers as being an essential component of free speech as well as the jobs behind those advertisers.
Check out this classic,
“Advertising does not exist to serve his borough. And companies that advertise create the jobs, the products and the wealth that governments tax.”
Wow, is everyone in the Plateau collecting welfare? And when is the right for corporations and businesses to advertise on billboards more important than the rights of citizens to demand a decent quality of life in their neighborhoods?
The Gazette may be shooting itself in the foot while insulting the intelligence of it’s readers by attempting to question the motives of the Projet Montreal team in Le Plateau. Of course, we are not used to this kind of thing either – politicians actually getting elected and making good on all their campaign promises! Change can be stressful and there is certainly going to be some growing pains here and there, but the people of Le Plateau voted for change and now that they are getting it, and much to the delight of most of it’s residents, The Gazette has nothing better to offer than running desperately around the schoolyard going nyah nyah nyah like a bully who finds no one listening to him anymore.