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René Forget August 23, 2012
Original French text: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/rene-forget/police-montreal-_b_1824609.html
I have become aware of an article written by Karim Benessaieh on the web site lapresse.ca. In this article, the author reports that the city of Montreal and its police officers are at an impasse, that the city claims to no longer be able to give its contributions to your pension plan and that it is thinking of calling on an arbitrator to impose a settlement.
Apparently, the situation has sickened you but, pardon my frankness, I am incapable of being sympathetic to your cause.
Make no mistake, I know that your pension fund is one of the best managed in Canada and that its success is that of its administrators, I know that the city of Montreal hasn’t contributed to it for what? 10 years? And I also think that the city of Montreal seems to be run by a 4 year-old child that likes to push crayons far too far up its nose… but… I am not sympathetic to you.
In fact, there are two things that prevent me from standing behind your position. The first is this mild irony.
We could be ironic all night, for example I could say:
But what good is irony, the situation is too sad…
As for the second reason, the real reason that stops me from sympathizing with your cause is the following passage of the article:
He doesn’t mince words with regards to mayor Tremblay’s administration, which he accuses of having “squandered Montrealers’ money” by giving “from 20 to 35% of contracts to the mafia”. He recalled that the city took a break from contributions to the police pension plan from 1997-2007. Which is managed independently.
Is that so? Really? You are able to prove that mayor Tremblay gives from 20 to 35% of his contracts to the mafia? You are able to prove that he squanders Montrealers’ money? You know that there are problems with embezzlement and corruption?
And you do nothing? You? The police officers, you do nothing? You let the mafia get rich?
Your cowardice sickens me. You are cowardly, afraid. You dishonor your profession, you are corrupt. For a long time you have done nothing more than give out tickets, than be a collection agency for corrupt governments. You have completely forgotten your mission, you have completely forgotten your judiciary independence.
It’s well known that when it’s a matter of “banging” on defenseless 19 year-old children with truncheons, of making “preventative arrests” or of political profiling your puff out your chests but when it’s a matter of doing your real work, a matter of stopping your bosses, your chests deflates.
You don’t need anyone’s permission. If you are able to prove that your employers are corrupt, stop them. Don’t be accomplices for lack of courage. You have all the necessary powers.
And remember that soon, we will (severely) judge the force you used this spring. You will be the only victims of this conflict. Some of you may receive their 4% for having “been involved in the liberals’ madness” while the liberals themselves will surely receive a golden handshake. Do you really want to protect these people? Give us confidence in justice again. Do the clean up we all need.
Become the heroes that we need.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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