Here’s what happened while you semi-consciously wondered if the snow would melt or freeze.
In an intimate ceremony, neighbours in Verchères paid tribute to deceased former premier Bernard Landry. Close to 100 citizens came together in the morning at the St-Francois-Xavier Church, located a few kilometres from Landry’s home near his beloved St. Lawrence River. Residents from the region were paying homage to their fellow citizen, but also the former MNA for Verchères, who represented them at the National Assembly from 1994 to 2005. If Landry was a powerful minister within the government before becoming premier, residents of the region remembered him more as an MNA who was ever present, often seen walking along Marie-Victorin St. He helped his fellow citizens lower the speed limit on that route. “He was a respectful man who loved the river as we do,” said resident Louise Valiquette. “We started a petition and he signed it. He was someone we liked very much.”
Former Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée refused to say he made mistakes in the provincial election campaign. Lisée made his comments to the media on his way into the party’s post mortem being held at Collège Maisonneuve. The PQ wound up with its worst electoral score in 50 years — falling from 28 seats in the National Assembly to a mere 10 and 17 per cent of the vote. Lisée himself lost his riding of Rosemont to the left-wing Québec Solidaire, which hurt the PQ in many other ridings. He said the party would have done much worse had he not aggressively attacked QS in the last days of the campaign. “Globally, we won the campaign, but lost the election,” Lisée told reporters arriving for a party post mortem of the vote. “That is a bit of the enigma of this campaign, there was esteem for our ideas, but we were not able to harvest the electoral gains of this esteem.
Officials in an Alabama county have a financial mess to wipe up after the sheriff’s department mistakenly ordered 24,000 extra rolls of toilet paper. WAFF-TV reports the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office mistakenly spent $22,000 on toilet paper and another $9,000 for 450 cases of trash bags. That’s a big problem, because its entire budget for janitorial supplies for next year is only $15,000. County commissioners have negotiated a bill of more than $30,000 down by about half, but there’s another problem: Storing an extra two years’ worth of toilet paper. While the Sheriff’s Department isn’t commenting, Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says workers realized the mistake when a notice came in from the vendor. The newly elected sheriff, Phil Sims, says he will work with commissioners to address the problem.
With files from the Associated Press.