Thursday, July 03, 2008

Yesterday's celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City passed in soaking rain in Québec City itself. It was observed with bell ringings from coast to coast, including here in Winnipeg where the media had the bizarre idea that Champlain got as far west as here and crossed the Red River. I really have to look this up, but I doubt it seriously. in any case they held some sort of re-enactment here today while the bells of St. Boniface Cathedral rang out as they did across the country. Strange !
In Québec City itself, according to Media Matin Québec , soon unfortunately no longer be in this world the crowds that gathered in the rain to watch the official bullshit numbered about 5,000 to 6,000 while the number of anti-militarist militants who protested the events (previously announced here at Molly's Blog) were about 500 in number. According to Media Matin Québec there were two arrests during the course of the demonstrations.
Molly hopes to present further news in the morning, including, hopefully, reports from our own Québec comrades. I also hope to present both the French language version and the story of the probable end of Media Matin Québec, one of the most hopeful labour initiatives on the North American continent. Maybe it will continue. I certainly hope so. But until then I leave the reader with the numerical puzzle given above. Do we really represent 10% of the population, at least in the province of Québec ? I don't think so, but wouldn't it be great if it was true ?

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