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Coderre’s fall a signal for Montreal elite- NATIONAL AFFAIRS by Chantal Hebert
To understand Denis Coderre’s stunning mayoral defeat at the hands of Valérie Plante, a city councillor unknown to most Montrealers only a few months ago, it is useful to turn the clock back four years to the happier 2013 night of his first and only municipal victory.
Even back then, the former federal Liberal minister was widely unloved. He took the mayor’s office with less than one in three votes. Had opposition not split three ways, Coderre might never have become mayor.
His abrasive style rather than his politics was the issue. Since most of the island was amalgamated under a single municipal administration more than a decade ago, Montreal’s mayors have hailed from the federalist side of the spectrum.   Full Story >
Gwynne Dyer -Catalonia: The Silent Majority
It’s been going on for a while. “Recently in Catalonia we have been living through a kind of ‘soft’ totalitarianism...the illusion of unanimity created by the fear of expressing dissent,” wrote best-selling Catalan author Javier Cercas in the Spanish newspaper El Pais in 2014. Those who didn’t want independence kept their heads down and their mouths shut, in other words.
Three years later, it has just got worse. Last July, leading Catalan film-maker Isabel Coixet told The Observer that “Madrid is deaf and mute and the government here (in Catalonia) is really happy about that. They never really look for dialogue at all.” She added that Catalans are afraid of speaking out “for fear of being called fascists.”  Full Story >
Sports by Bruce Penton
Wheat board won’t return... but it’s beginning to be really missed - WILL VERBOVEN
A recent letter from the National Farmers Union (NFU) noted that it has been five years since the demise of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). It lamented the loss by outlining the present pricing discrepancies between the producer price and the export price. The difference is rather shocking with the producer price today being only 40% of the export price compared to the past under the CWB when the producer price was 88% of the export price. Free market proponents would challenge that analysis being that the NFU’s approach tends to be biased by their long-time ferocious support of the CWB. But whatever the actual figure, it will be significant, mainly because the global market is burdened by a surplus of cereals and oilseeds that started three years ago.   Full Story >
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