Friday, November 16, 2012


If the reader has not been actively involved in the politics of the City of Montreal over a period of years, I want to provide some insights based on my own experience as an active participant:
In spite of what some people have posted on Facebook during these past couple of days, I can tell you that Michael Applebaum does not represent either the English speaking community, nor does he speak for the Jewish People.
Based on my experience and the experience of my community of concerned citizens who live in the borough of NDG, I can tell you Michael Applebaum represents Michael Applebaum and his friends. His interest and involvement in real estate can be verified through his newspaper advertisements for Royal LePage and - for those so inclined - through public records.
Michael Applebaum is concerned with his own success and self-aggrandizement. He builds monuments to his own glory and surrounds himself with "Yes Men".
On council for the Borough Of NDG/CDN, he could always count on the support of fellow councillors, Marvin Rotrand, Saulie Zaidel and Marcel Tremblay - the brother of former Montreal Mayor, Gerald Tremblay. If there was any opposition, it was virtually impossible for them to win on any vote because Applebaum and his friends always held the balance of power.
Saulie Zaidel sat as councillor, but half the time during public meetings, he was chatting with the lady councillor who sat next to him or he was out of the hall altogether. Then he would return and vote "Aye" to whatever Applebaum said even though he hadn't been there to hear the proposal or any comments by the public.
In spite of petitions and appeals from the people of NDG to save the Fraser-Hickson library all these years ago, Applebaum engineered its demise leaving the families of NDG without an adequate library since then. At the same time, Applebaum rounded up his friends to support him in building a sports stadium in NDG. Because he wanted it.
Before you rush to support Michael Applebaum, speak to people who have lived in NDG for years. Speak to the benevolent citizens who have been fighting for the rights of the families, the poor, the handicapped, the aged, the students of NDG for years - against politicians whose true goal is to benefit themselves and their wealthy friends.
Since Michael Applebaum stated at a public meeting of the NDG/CDN Borough Council that we are merely a "splinter group", I call these devoted citizens, "The NDG Splinters."
If you think Gerald Tremblay was an unfit mayor, if Applebaum and his friends take power in Montreal City Hall, the citizens will know and feel the meaning of the word "contempt".

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