Mayoral candidate in Montreal comes out as long-time Muslim
writes from Canada:
Has the story on Richard Bergeron broken in the U.S.? First, some information on him from Wikipedia:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 07, 2009 10:59 AM | Send
Richard Bergeron is a Canadian politician from Montreal and a 2009 Mayoral candidate.
This morning is Day 3 since he outed himself as a Muslim convert, and as far as I can see, only the French press here has it. The English Canadian press either doesn’t know or doesn’t care.
Bergeron is the leader of Projet Montreal, a municipal political party. He is its mayoralty candidate for the November 1, 2009, election, aiming to become the first Muslim mayor of Montreal. He is presently a Montreal City Councillor for the de Lorimier district of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough and a member of city council“s Commission sur la mise en valeur du territoire et du patrimoine.
I’m imagining how this would play if it happened in the States. A Muslim convert wins and holds a city council seat for four years without telling anyone he’s a convert. Then he runs one of the best dark horse mayoral campaigns anyone’s ever seen—20 percent name recognition at the beginning to 24 percent voting intentions in a 3-way race three days ago. Then, with less than four weeks to go, he announces he’s a Muslim and has been for 18 years. The conservative press would go apes**t.
I’ve been working for the guy for four years and I had no idea. Most of his inner circle didn’t know. They found out by reading it in the Monday morning papers, same as everybody else.