By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1.com) –
The former mayor of Laval Gilles Vaillancourt has fallen! He was arrested early this morning (Thursday, May 9, 2013).
Several journalists who learned for the police to act missed the shot even if they had arrived on site at 5am …
I have known the mayor of Laval, in another life! In fact I have known him during two periods: the first when I was with Quebecor and we had a very important printing plant in Laval; the second was later when I worked for a few months to a subsidiary of the city, LAVAL TECHNOPOLE. Of all the politicians I have worked with in my career, Gilles Vailancourt was the most elusive. He was obviously a strong character and one could feel that. But if he was warm and charming during my Quebecor period, he was cold and authoritarian when I was with LAVAL TECHNOPOLE.
I did not stay long with the affiliate of Laval because as I lived in the city of Montreal, I quickly became as an infidel, if not in the eyes of the mayor, at least in the eyes of the CEO of the subsidiary in question.
In conclusion, we could say that Laval is like a church. The former mayor of Laval was the pastor (priest) of the city and its citizens were and still are the faithful because living in Laval approaches the religious act. If you like Laval, Laval it is deep within your soul and you believe. Personally, I was not a true believer…
Photo 1,2 and 3: Gilles Vaillancourt;
See story La Presse ;
See story Journal of Montreal ;
Gilles Vaillancourt – Mayor of Laval