Some Liberal delegates arriving at the leadership convention are getting a handy tourist map to local attractions. But it’s a guide to Montreal sites that most Liberals would rather forget. In a little bit of mischief making, observers from the New Democrats are handing guides to local spots that were at the heart of the sponsorship scandal that sparked the ouster of the Liberals after more than a decade in power.
"As a confluence of cultures, language and commerce, Montreal is a city of great history – though recent history has been less than great for the Liberal Party of Canada,” the pamphlet says. "Having lost the support of more than 760,000 Quebeckers, it is easier to find a Toronto Maple Leaf fan than a Liberal MP in today’s Montreal," it reads.
Titled "Map to the Scars," the brochure points visitors to such spots as:
- 200 Rene-Levesque Blvd. W., site of the hearing room where the Gomery Commision held its probe into the sponsorship mess from February to June 2005. "Pay us a visit and relive the accusations, the denial and raw absentmindness" of the witnesses.
- 75 Sherbrooke St. W. The offices of Groupaction Marketing Inc. the "home of money for little or no work."
- Suite 840, 6020 Jean Talon East, the former constituency offices of former public works minister Alphonso Gagliano.
The playful guide also helpfully gives directions to 759 Square Victoria, the headquarters of Canada Steamship Lines, which Paul Martin once headed before turning the wheel over to his sons.
In the best tradition of tourist maps, it offers a handy map and a detailed description of all the locales.