Pubdate: Sat, 05 Nov 2005
Source: Montreal Gazette (CN QU)
Copyright: 2005 The Gazette, a division of Southam Inc.
Author: D.R. Gooch


Don Macpherson's Nov. 2 column ("Cocaine questions hard to kick"), 
along with other media comments about how Andre Boisclair's past drug 
use "won't go away," would be silly if they weren't bordering on irresponsible.

The media can thank themselves for perpetuating the discussion, and 
are playing to the desperation of Boisclair's opponents in the process.

This is Quebec. We are not the conservative zealots of other 
provinces and countries. And Boisclair's success to date - despite 
the cocaine admissions - are evidence that Quebecers are more 
concerned with getting a Parti Quebecois leader with fresh ideas and 
some vision.

Boisclair already has told us what we need to know. Macpherson might 
care about the details (Did Boisclair take cocaine in a toilet in Old 
Montreal in July 1995 with a waiter or was it on a coffee table in 
Sherbrooke in December 1994 with a bank teller?) but I certainly don't.

Other than a few reporters, I don't think anybody else will, either.

D.R. Gooch

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