How about it! It really should NOT have to be seen as a historic event …but you can’t ignore what just happened in Quebec, in Montreal …. more than 100 years in coming: a new Montreal mayor, Michael Applebaum, who is not only Anglophone …but Jewish as well!
Mazel tov!! Felicitations! Congratulations! Welcome to the 21 st Century … at least for a while.
Of courser, we have to keep it real: Applebaum was NOT elected; he was chosen by other members of city council to temporarily replace Mayor Gerald Tremblay who stepped down after Quebec’s latest corruption probe revealed all kinds of sleaziness in his administration.
I find it all particularly interesting for several reasons: because I was born and raised in Quebec; because I obtained my degree in Political Science at Sir George Williams University in Montreal; because I still like Montreal very much (going there in three weeks): and, because I have on this blog exposed and faced up to Quebec on its past corruption http://harveyoberfeld.ca/blog/quebec-corruption-je-me-souviens/ and continuing racism http://harveyoberfeld.ca/blog/stop-giving-quebec-free-racism-pass/ well before the latest corruption probe.
And also because too many of our politically-correct or frightened politicians and media have so long turn a blind eye to it .
The choice of Applebaum by Montreal’s city council to head the powerful Executive Council gives me some hope …very little, to be honest … but enough to point he was chosen as the new mayor… the first Anglo to hold the job in more than 100 years.
Applebaum, a realtor, has represented an largely Anglo and Jewish populated ara of Monteal since 1994. He defeated Richard Deschamps for the interim job to replace Tremblay in a city council vote 31 to 29 last week.
But here’s where it gets interesting.
The choice of Applebaum came not only after Quebeckers elected a new separatist-orientated provincial government only months ago … but just DAYS after the new Parti Quebecois Education Minister Pierre Duchesne referred to English as “a foreign language”.
Take that Duchesne!
Applebaum in fact received votes for the mayor’s job from members of all parties on city council.
Of course, some of Querbec’s racists are not happy: even though Applebaum speaks French fluently … has made many speeches in French, debated in French and even made his entire maiden speech as mayor entirely in French … there have been sniffles that he has “an accent”.
To the bastille!! Quelqu’un qui parle francais avec un accent anglais … accent d’un etranger! Taberbnacle! La langue francais va disparaitre!
Good news that Montreal councillors did not knuckle under to the nationalist bigots. And the Jewish mayor says he has no plans to ask that the large crucifix that hangs on the wall behind the mayor’s chair in the council chamber be taken down. (I personally think it would hilarious if he put up a Star of David!
But let’s keep it real: and realize Applebaum’s interim appointment lasts until next year, when Montrealers go to the polls.
I wish him well; I hope he does a great job; I’d love to see him run an honest, clean government … so much so that he could actually win re-election … from people throughout the city.
But I won’t bet on it …yet.