A police officer is supposed to represent a society that believes in rule of law and respect for fundamental rights. If a citizen in need or in trouble, they need reassurance. Barry Wilson says he is not sure a police officer responding in combat pants and a red union ball cap is what is required.
I sensed something a little different in this year’s St Jean celebrations. There seemed to be less strident nationalism and perhaps, just perhaps, the beginning of a holiday that embraces inclusiveness.
Beating those nasty Bruins was one of those feel-good moments that sports can give us, but the fact that 20,000 jubilant and lubricated fans can file out of the Bell Centre and the barflies can roll out of the clubs and not break things is remarkable and encouraging.
The 18-month bout of darkness marked by division, tribal nationalism and by the politics of identity is over -- now we officially have a new government. And, this government is not afraid of pronouncing itself as Canadian and doesn’t treat English like a contaminant.
The circus rolled into Quebec City this week and before one word was uttered, the chief architect of the charter, Bernard Drainville, proclaimed that there really would not be any substantive changes to the bill.