Lysiane Gagnon: “What would we have said of a Quebec doctor becoming the advisor to the governments of Franco, Mussolini or Stalin? The Saudi dictatorship is no better than these regimes in terms of cruelty, and human rights abuse.”
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Raymond Bachand and Philippe Couillard, two former Quebec ministers, are running for the leadership of the Quebec Liberal Party. On January 26, they debated at Concordia University in Montreal. At one point, Bachand criticized Couillard for his collaboration with Saudi Arabia. In an article published on January 27, the Montreal Gazette also reported the mention of Saudi Arabia in the debate.
On January 29, 2013, columnist Lysiane Gagnon wrote a piece for Montreal La Presse explaining why Bachand was justified to bring up the issue.
We have translated the excerpt of her comment A Man and his Mystery (Un homme et son mystère) dedicated to Saudi Arabia.
Ezra Levant (Toronto Sun – September 20, 2011): Take your secret Saudi threats and shove ’em
Kathryn Blaze Carlson (National Post – November 19, 2011): Watching the spywatchers