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The Trump Factor Strikes Again

Blanche, now that the dust has settled, don’t you wonder exactly how ticked off Coderre must be? Not only did he lose but it was the trifecta of losing: 1) he lost 2) he lost to a woman 3) he’s the second mayor in 60 years to serve only one term. Guess nobody really liked him, eh?

Of course he quit the instant he knew he lost so we won’t have to listen to his ungeblosen (overblown) rhetoric any longer. In his concession speech he didn’t even have the decency to congratulate Plante. He’s a real piece of work.

60% of Montrealers did not vote. Pathetic. Here’s a headline: It is a privilege to live in a democracy and vote. Don’t take it for granted.  Blanche, don’t you think that if you didn’t vote, then you lose your right to complain?

Plante appears to actually care about the population in her city. Of course time will tell if she can actually execute some of her caring. May we suggest that she start with the broken escalators in the metro? You know, the ones where Coderre couldn’t find the parts for the past year or so.

Frankly, we really do hope she gets this done. It will show everyone exactly what Coderre was worried about. You can rest assured that a pregnant women shlepping up three huge flights of stairs in the metro, hauling a two-year-old was not even on his radar.

We are calling Plante’s victory the Trump factor. No matter where Plante went, she had adoring crowds. People are sick of ‘politicians’ and their holier-than-thou attitude. Your money is my money and my money is my money.

We can be happy that while the trump factor got her elected, she’s anything but Trump. While she does need a bit of coaching when speaking, i.e. not to get overly excited and shriek into the microphone, for an unseasoned politician, who came from nowhere in two months and defeated a seasoned politician, she’s fantastic.

One wonders what it will take in the United States for them to get a handle on the gun situation. Killing 26 schoolchildren in Sandy Hook didn’t do it. Las Vegas didn’t do it. One can already tell by the tone of the officials in Texas, that nothing is going to change.

The same hollow messages come out: We are all together. We send our prayers and support to all the victims. We will never forget them.

Can we talk? Here’s a headline: Staying together and sending prayers doesn’t solve the dual issues of mental health and gun control. Never forget them? When was the last time you heard anything about Las Vegas? You already forgot about those victims. For these five minutes you won’t forget those church victims. Give it 48 hours and we’ll be waiting for the next shooter looking for eternal fame.

Did you know that the loser responsible for the latest massacre applied for a gun permit after he was kicked out of the army with a dishonourable discharge because he beat up his wife and children? The NRA – national rifle association wields way to much power.

When he went to buy his gun, he lied on the form. The Air Force failed to enter the data they had that he had crushed his step- infant son’s skull and beaten his wife. So nothing would have showed up when his name was entered.

The twin issues of mental health and gun control cannot be separated. And the United States better get some kind of handle on both of them or we will be seeing these massacres on a very regular basis.

We are not going to give a long comment on Governor General Julie Payette’s speech last week where she ridiculed those who believe in G-d and the Divine. It is simply beyond the pale and beyond words.

We will give her one piece of advice which someone should quickly get to her: Learn from the Queen, who you represent: As Governor General you have no opinion on anything.

Sometimes, things get titles that are just perfect. The Paradise Papers are one such example. Here’s what you need to know:

The Paradise Papers are a huge leak of financial documents that throw light on the top end of the world of offshore finance. In other words, paradise.

From Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to an entrepreneur charged with managing the oil wealth of the struggling African state of Angola and was paid more than $41m for his work in just 20 months, there are hundreds of people implicated.

So what’s Canada’s issue: Stephen Bronfman, Trudeau’s chief fundraiser is up to his eyeballs in this scandal. His Montreal-based investment company, Claridge Inc., were key players linked to a $60-million US offshore trust in the Cayman Islands that may have cost Canadians millions in unpaid taxes. It seems that what was uncovered was a 24-year paper trail of confidential memos and private records involving two prominent families with Liberal Party ties that experts say appear to show exploitation of legal tax loopholes, disguised payments and possible “sham” transactions.

Now here’s something to chew on: Trudeau is trying to go after small businesses to collect about $250 million in taxes. Those Paradise Papers? They have about $250 billion in unpaid taxes.

Our pretty boy prime minister best get his ducks in a row. Things are slowly starting to unravel and even his good hair may not help him.

Not to sound like Debbie Downer, but Friday the temperature is going down to -6 celiscius, which in English is 21 fahrenheit. And…the s word is coming. We are supposed to get snow flurries on Sunday. Just saying.

We’ll talk…

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