Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blowing it.

Celebrity cocaine stories, like celebrity deaths, usually come in threes. We’ve got Kate Moss, André Boisclair… Who’s next?

I'm tempted to say, "So Boisclair did a few lines. So what?" But the PQ leadership candidate's indiscretions apparently took place while he was in power as an elected official. Surely that was tempting fate. Do the Péquistes really want to be led by someone who would gamble everything for a cheap thrill?

If the media just focuses on his personal morality, I think Boisclair will emerge from this relatively unscathed. Not so if his opponents frame the question like this: What do Quebecers think about the fact that part of a publicly-funded minister’s salary went into the pockets of outlaw motorcycle gangs at the height of the war that killed over 100 people, including an 11-year-old boy? Perhaps the average cocaine user doesn’t think of these things… But shouldn’t a cabinet minister be aware of the wider ramifications of his drug use?

Yeah, so sometimes I think that. And sometimes I think like the commenter on Boisclair’s blog who wrote, “avec cette chasse aux sorcières, ON SE CROITAIT AUX ÉTAT-UNIS BORDEL!”

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