MONTREAL , Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - For several years the leader of Projet Montréal, Richard Bergeron , has made several peculiar comments. The following are a few examples:
10. Mr. Bergeron publicly stated that by smoking he effectively reduces his lung capacity thereby preventing himself from running too quickly and hurting himself like he did when he stopped smoking cigarettes. "I smoke because it is good for my health" La Presse, October 5th 2009. 9. Mr. Bergeron has very set ideas on the issue of local services. Here are a few samples of what he has said on the subject : "What is with the excessive rush to remove snow? Snow is far from being a source of drama(...) " La Presse, February 18th 2008. On the subject of the priorities for Montreal "Not fixing pot-holes (...)" La Presse, May 26th 2009. On the subject of underground and road infrastructure repairs. "We are going to spend billions of dollars replacing pipes, pouring concrete and spreading asphalt in the same manner as it was done 60 years ago. Let's take the time to reflect on the type of city we want to live in for the next 50 years." Transcontinental- Le Plateau, November 26th 2008. 8. Projet Montréal maintains that it is the only political party that has the talent and determination to ensure the long-term sustainability of Montreal. Are they really the best team to oversee the city's $4 billion budget at a time when the world is experiencing a global recession ? Here is what Richard Bergeron had to say regarding his own participation in the city's budgetary process. " I already told the mayor that we would be of no use since we don't have the necessary skills." Le Devoir, December 17th 2005. 7. Richard Bergeron has repeated on numerous occasions that he wants to approach poltics in a different manner and that he wants his voice to be heard during all the debates in all forums. Here is what he had to say regarding a debate between himself and Gérald Tremblay given Louise Harel's inability to debate in English. "In the absence of Louise Harel, members of the public who would have only seen that debate would have gotten the impression that the sole alternative to Gérald Tremblay is Richard Bergeron. That is magical." Le Devoir, September 23rd 2009 6. While the main parties decided not to post any election signs in the public domain in order to reduce sources of visual and environmental pollution Projet Montréal, which never misses an opportunity to declare how it wants to approach politics in a different fashion, decided to adhere to "old-school" politics by posting election signs across the city. A blatant case of doublespeak and the first in a series of Richard Bergeron's conspiracy theories. "As generous as this offer may have seemed, it contained a hidden trap." La Presse. September 19th 2009. 5. For months Mr. Bergeron has tried to position himself has a great defender of ethical principles. What Mr. Bergeron forgot to mention is that the Commission des relations de travail found he that he was in fact in a position of conflict of interest by holding the position of city councillor while also working at the AMT. In its decision the Commission highlighted the the fact that "These functions are incompatible for the sole reason of the existence of a potential or apparent conflict of interest(...)" see www.crt.qc.ca/decisions/200732007QCCRT0482.pdf, p 23 to 25 4. On the issue of the financing of political parties. Mr. Bergeron was forced to retract his comments and publicly apologize on at least seven occasions during the city council meeing held on August 24th 2009 after he tried to damage the reputation of the owner of the former CN rail yards in the cour Point-St-Charles. 3. Mr. Bergeron believes there is a conspiracy theory surrounding the terrorist attacks that occured on September 11th 2001 in the United States. The following is an excerpt from his 2005 anti-car book "Les Québécois au volant, c'est criminel" "Regarding the two other planes that crashed, one at the Pentagon in Washington and the other in a field near Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, we enter into what I refer to as a macabre farce. Everyone knows that that in the event of a plane crash, regardless of the circumstances in which it occurs, there is an abundance of debris that is produced. I personally don't believe that airplanes weighing 60 tonnes could simply vanish. It might be that what we witnessed on September 11th 2001 was a simple act of state banditry of titanic proportions." 2. When asked by a La Presse journalist whether he maintains his position regarding the events that took place on September 11th 2001 M. Bergeron responded: " I am damn proud of that paragraph" La Presse, October 5th 2009 1. Mr. Bergeron calls into question whether man effectively did ever walk on the moon. In an interview granted to Le Journal de Montréal on April 19th 2006 Mr. Bergeron said : "Are you sure we went to the moon?. I am not so sure. I'm not saying that we didn't go there. I have questions and have read up on the issue. It's a funny coincidence because I thought of this yesterday. I don't know what happened. I must have connected with your brain waves yesterday."
Payé et autorisé par Marc Deschamps , agent officiel d'Équipe Tremblay-Union Montréal
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