Boys n girls, where do I start? Ok, it’s official, Peladeau Jr is now running in the riding of St-Jerome in the upcoming Quebec election. I don’t know whether to laugh or to be pissed?
For openers, the humour. As many recall, Peladeau Jr and Sun Media launched Sun TV News Network shortly before the last federal election after many false starts and complications. Sun TV News Network AKA Stun News, Fox News North, Harpercon Infomercial channel; take your pick. When Stun News was in the planning, Peladeau Jr leads demands for a government funded hockey rink in a futile effort to repatriate the Quebec Nordiques was in full swing. In fact, it was said that the reasoning behind Stun News was to suck up to Harper in order to get federal dollars to fund his white elephant of an arena. Well, as we all know, Stevie nixed the federal funding for that arena and Stun News was launched.
It’s no secret that papa Peladeau was a big time separatist, but not much was known how Junior as he seemed to be buddies with Stevie, at least, when he was demanding federal funding for that arena and when he was demanding Must carry license for Stun News a few years back. Not to mention, something no one really talked about was the federal subsidies Quebecor received. Here’s a refresher:
Quebecor has received more than half a billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies and benefits from Canadian taxpayers over the past three years, yet it is not accountable to them.
Quebecor uses this public subsidy and its dominant position in protected industries to make record profits yet complains that its TVA television network “competes” against Radio-Canada.
To date, I have seen nothing to suggest that the Feds have stopped sending subsidies to Quebecor.
So this is how Junior repays his pal Stevie? Is this payback for Stevie’s refusal to chip in to buy him a hockey arena?
Then again, Stevie, of the 2001 Alberta Firewall letter, and his base of rabid anti-Quebec hyenas, who want to see Quebec gone might be giving Junior his blessing. No matter, I wonder if Junior realizes that if Quebec were to separate, he can say bye-bye to Quebecor’s subsidy?
It would be interesting to see how rabid Quebec hating Stun News hosts are going to cover the Quebec election given their big boss is now a Pequiste candidate.
Now, the continued cynicism and anger. We must remember that during the long lock out of Journal de Quebec and Journal de Montreal journalists, Junior did all to circumvent Quebec’s anti-scab laws. If CAQ’s Franky Legault still harps about the Parti-Quebecois still being beholden to unions, the nomination of Junior should should shut him up. Ironically, it was the Parti-Quebecois under Rene Levesque, who first implemented anti-scab laws in 1978. I wonder if this was missed on Junior? Man, Rene Levesque must be rolling over in his grave. The Parti-Quebecois had been veering to the right for some time now, but now, it has proven itself to really have gone astray from its’ original pro-working class roots. It will be interesting to see how CSN, normally a strong Pequiste supporter and a union that Junior really pissed off, will swing this election campaign given that anti-union, especially anti-CSN Peladeau Junior is running for the PQ.
Oh, and for more fun and games, boys n girls, Pierre Paquette, another Parti-Quebecois star candidate running in Peladeau’s neighbouring riding of L’Assomption, against Franky Legault, was a veteran secretary general of the CSN. I am now asking how Pierre Paquette will be able to look at himself in the mirror, agreeing to play on the same team as the man who pissed off his own people?
UPDATE: Turns out that Junior will not be selling his shares in Quebecor. They will be held in a blind trust, but have been instructed not to sell. Isn’t that a conflict of interest?
Speaking of, Stephen Maher expresses concern for Quebecor journalists during this election campaign:
There’s no way Quebecor reporters can be expected to properly scrutinize PKP. He’s put them in a terrible jam.
— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) March 9, 2014
Here’s Martin Patriquin’s article from 2011, poking fun at Stun News Brian Lilley. Lilley like many, slammed Nycole Turmel’s memberships to “separatists”, but now he has a boss who is one. How does he answer to that one??
UPDATE Part D’Uh:
The editorial vice-president of Stun Media, Glenn Garnett, came out pretty much distancing his company from Peladeau Jr.