Well, my hats off to the NDP campaign for this muscular, well-executed, strategic move in Hochelaga! They have given themselves without a doubt the very best chance they could have to win this one. I'm not saying they will, but at this stage I'm not saying they won't either.
The website identifies Paillé as:
* having opposed a daycare centre on his street, saying it would threaten his quality of life
* advocating the privatization of the SAQ (Societé des Alcools du Québec, for those who don't know)
* locking out workers from the Journal de Montréal when he was VP of Quebecor
* presiding over a slide in the value of the portfolio of the Société Générales du Financement du Québec, going from an 8% gain to a 4% loss
* counselling Stephen Harper, for a contract value of $750,000
* etc ...
It says Paillé wants to represent a riding he neither lives in nor understands. The name of the website is taken from a street sign in a photo posted to Twitpic a few weeks ago, which said "Blocage Intermittent" over which the Bloc had posted one of their elections signs showing Duceppe and Paillé.
Its release was time to coincide with: the denouement after the municipal elections, and maybe to catch a bit of the Projet Montréal third-way wave, a news story this morning in La Presse (that was carried most of the day on NationalNewswatch.com), and to (well, let's not say "upstage", but maybe) set another agenda for Gilles Duceppe's news conference this morning with Paillé about the Port of Montréal, plus a whole bunch of street posters based on ... wait for it, it's brilliant ... a big blue cheque with a Conservative logo in the top left-hand corner, made out to Paillé and signed by Stephen Harper. Apparently there are associated flyers as well.
And then the site has an orange link saying "Vous cherchez une alternative?" which of course takes you to Jean-Claude Rocheleau's site which now features a big picture of him and Jack, saying "Quelqu'un de chez nous" (roughly, "someone who's one of us").
It's E-6, giving the already-demoralized Bloc troops very little time to respond, and designed to keep up the momentum of the steady stream of french-speaking Caucus members who have been trekking down there to lend Jean-Claude a hand.
I am sending my very best karma east-ward (having already sent some cash), and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
Well done, you guys!