Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Montreal's Movers And Shakers Overlook Non-Francophones

From The Montreal Gazette:

Gilbert Rozon, one of Montreal's live wires, is rightly concerned about the city's place in the world. The boss of the Just for Laughs festival says that Montreal no longer "knows where it's going" because it does not "know what it is." He says the city needs "urgent psychoanalysis."

Let me sum up the comedy king's dead-serious views, reported on Le Devoir's front page Thursday.

He says Montreal is in denial about its inertia and the decline of its stature and influence. The globe-trotting impresario says the city's claim to being a cultural capital rings hollow when you compare it to Berlin, Moscow or even Toronto, let alone Paris, London or New York.

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