January 30, 2013
Montreal councillors caught playing solitaire during citizen Q&A
By Etienne Laberge, QMI Agency
MONTREAL - QMI Agency caught several city councillors visiting Facebook and playing solitaire during a citizen Q&A at City Hall, but not one of them apologized after they were busted.
Asked to explain why he was playing cards while Montrealers were asking questions, Coun. Luis Miranda didn't miss a beat.
"I do what I want with my laptop," said Miranda, a member of disgraced former mayor Gerald Tremblay's Union Montreal party.
"I can still hear what's happening in the chamber," he added. "I'm still paying attention."
Colleague Frank Venneri, caught playing cards by a QMI photograher, had a similar cavalier response.
QMI also caught Coun. Francois Limoges visiting the Kijiji online classifieds website during the town hall meeting. He insisted it was strictly business.
"I was surfing on Kijiji because I'm concerned about the gentrification of my district," he said.
He said he needed to have an overview of his local rental market to understand how many poor Montrealers are being squeezed out by house-flippers.