Last night I was on Montreal's West Island in a thoroughly Anglophone area where people were looking for ways to protest the choice. They would have voted against the PQ anyway, but now they're wondering if cancelling their cable and internet service through Péladeau's Videotron would have any effect.
Of course, workers at Videotron were locked-out on Péladeau's orders for months a decade ago: that would have kept me away from using their services anyway. The labour conflict was just one of 14 lockouts the Quebecor empire has brought down in the last few years. Talking about riding roughshod over ordinary folk...
Certainly Québec Solidaire is hoping that some of the leftish separatist vote will switch its way. I am too: not only is Péladeau reactionary, he has controlled a huge media empire that, even if he puts his holdings in a blind trust, is going to remember just who has been the boss.
By the way, you'll notice that there's no illustration with this post. I tried to find a picture of Péladeau's house--636 Dunlop in the Outremont borough--but although, probably not coincidently, Google Earth's Street View shows the houses around it, it does not have one of Péladeau's three-storey mansion, whose assessed valuation is $3,323,200. The procedure for getting you house deleted from Street View is cumbersome, I understand. If you're a media magnate you can do it.
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