Posted on | June 18, 2011 | No Comments
Over 200 years ago, in 1815 more precisely, Napoleon Bonaparte launched his last major military offensive near Waterloo, in Belgium. Facing the combined forces of England and Prussia, a series of circumstances prevented the French Army from asserting its power clearly on the battlefield, leading to the abdication and exile of the Emperor.
Today in Montreal a similar campaign was waged in the streets downtown. The combined forces of thousands of protesters against the savage exploitation of shale gas met there, some after a trek of over 700 kilometres across Quebec. The protesters marched towards premier Jean Charest’s office, intent on overthrowing the oil and gas industry and its alliance with the provincial government.
With elections slowly drawing nearer, the opposition parties did not miss this chance to join the protest. Let’s hope that this show of unity will last longer than the time needed to make the newspapers’ front pages, and that it will lead to a real change in Charest’s position on this issue.
We could then exile the losers not on St.Helen’s island, but maybe on the island of Anticosti… without a drilling permit, of course.