Rep Steve Vaillancourt
Shooting suspect Richard Henry Bain arraigned on 16 charges, including first-degree murder
Richard Henry Bain was arraigned Thursday on 16 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with Tuesday night’s shooting at Metropolis during Premier-designate Pauline Marois’s victory speech.
Bain, who turns 62 Sunday, appeared briefly at the Montreal courthouse Thursday and was also charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of explosive material and possession of prohibited weapons.
Crown prosecutor Éliane Perreault said Bain had about 22 guns, five in his vehicle and the rest at home, all except one of which were registered.
Bain is charged with killing Denis Blanchette, a 48-year-old father of one and sound technician who was working at the Metropolis election night. He was apparently outside having a cigarette when Bain, dressed in a housecoat and armed with handgun and assault rifle, tried to enter the popular night club.
One of Blanchette’s family members sat in the courtroom, clutching a photo of Blanchette with two small children. Bain is also charged with shooting David Courage, 27, who is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for his bullet injuries.
Police arrested Bain outside the Metropolis moments after the shooting. While being placed in a police cruiser, Bain yelled in French, “Anglos are waking up!” Then in English, he said, “It’s f----ing payback time.”
Marois was pulled from the stage by her body guards, but returned moments later to finish her speech. She was unharmed and she, like everyone inside the club, were unaware people had been shot outside.
Bain is back in court Oct. 11.
Many politicians, from both parties, truly have no business being in office; I would like nothing better than to see voters reject these frauds come November if not in next week's primary. Many incumbents, who haven't even bothered to show up half the time, have the unmitigated gall to seek re-election.
I will name no names here; I'm sure you can guess who they are.
However, I am troubled by today's media reports that two candidates I like a great deal are involved in a down and dirty battle in Senate District 9, the new district which runs from Bedford all the west into Cheshire County.
I like Bedford State Rep. Ken Hawkins a great deal. As a member of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee, he knows as much about pension reform as anyone in Concord.
I like former Senator Andy Sanborn a great deal. He's a libertaran through and through, my kind of Republican.
It's truly a shame that they both cannot win. It's truly a shame that this race has degenerated into a mud slinging contest.
Senator Sanborn had every right to move into this district; we are a mobile society and people tend to move around. The Union Leader was wrong earlier when it suggested he was shopping around for a new district since his old one had been carved up. Truth is the district was carved up only after he moved; had he remained in Henniker, you can be sure Senate redistricting experts would have made his district more "Republican", and we could most have both Hawkins and Sanborn in the Senate.
Sad to say, that's not possible. May the best man win. Although Democrats think they have a chance of capturing this seat in November, I still rate it highly Republican. Bedord, about the most Republican town in the state, has nearly half the people in the district, and it enjoys such a high turnout that it should overwhelm the more liberal or moderate communities to the west.
In my district (18 which icludes Manchester Wards five through nine and Litchfield), it's Gail Barry all the way running against Democrats wedded to big government, Donna Soucy the actual Democrat and Art Beaudry who is running an an independent but is still every bit the big tax and spender.
You wouldn't know it by watching American media, but yesterday's provincial election in Quebec could go down as one of the most historic days for voting in world history.
By an unexpectedly narrow margin, Quebecers elected their first woman premier, Pauline Marois of the Parti Quebecois (PQ) which is dedicated to removing Quebec from Canada.
However, the real story was --and we're not talking some Middle Eastern or Third World country here--that a 62 year old man crashed the Marois victory party shooting one person to death and injuring another. We await further details as to whether the as yet unidentified man was in fact trying to gun down Marois. Apparently he shouted--in less than perfect French--"The English are waking up."
Not that you'd know that by watching American media.
As I reported from Quebec over the weekend, feelings were running high with dirty tricks (including robocalls against the Liberals and rumors that Marois had sent her son to English-speaking Harvard--wow!) rampant in the final days. I also alluded to reports on English radio stations that English fears were on the rise as the PQ seemed all but sure of winning. There was much talk of some Anglophones looking for property in neighboring Ontario province. One can only wonder how such wild rhetoric might have played into the shooting. I'm not usually one to bring up such things, but you can be sure, Quebecers will be wondering about it.
As it turned out, the PQ captured only 54 of the 125 seats in the Quebec Parliament meaning that a minority government will be formed an most likely will not last long enough for Ms. Marois to beat the drums of separation.
The Liberals, riddled with corruption and given up for dead over the weekend, came on strongly election day (in fact, the PQ tends to do less well in actual vote total than pre-election polls) gaining 50 seats to 19 for the newly formed Coalition Avenir Quebec and two for Solidaire led by Leninist Separtist Amir Khadir who was re-elected. (I actually witnessed two of his workers putting up a street sign in the Plateau region Sunday night).
Try as I might to get a report on American TV last night, all I could get was a crawl on Fox News around midnight. Obsessed with running the same Democratic covention coverage over and over again, Fox not only failed to mention this major story out of Quebec all night but all morning as well--and I watched most of the morning. Channel 9's morning news went with the briefest of stories imaginable.
One would think that with an election generating a murder, American media would run with the story big time even though it's only in a province (state) of the country to our north.
Raw vote totals seems to have been very close: 31.9% for the PQ, 31.2 % for the rejuvenaged Liberals of Jean Charest (who apparently lost his own seat by 100 votes in Sherbrooke), 27.1 % for the CAQ, 6.0% for Solidaire, and 3.8% other--not that you'd know any other that by watching American television.
I admit that as a regular visitor to Montreal, I care more about Quebec and Canadian elections than your run of the mill American, but this lack of coverage by U.S. media is simply ridiculous although, I suppose I should add that it's not unusual given the American media's fixation on covering only one story at a time.
A man in Colorado goes mad and blows up the crowd of a Batman movie, and it gets wall to wall 24 hour coverage. Political murder in a great democracy to our north is ignored by the media, no wonder they are called LAME STREAM MEDIA.
Two good web sites for details are montrealgazette.com and cjad.com, both in English. I suspect the Toronto Globe and Mail and National Post will also be covering this. Who knows? Maybe Fox will even get around to it...if they can tear themsevles away from wall to wall coverage of pablum from Charlotte!
Ovide LaMontagne will most likely win next week's GOP primary for governor, but if he does so, it will be in spite of, rather than because of the single TV ad he has chosen to run.
With extremely low turnout expected, anything could happen. In fact, no one deserves to win the Republican primary. We read about how Ovide has raised tons of money, but he's obviously not spending it on getting his message out to potenetial voters. He must be resting on his laurels, on the inevitability factor. Those who take voters for granted have been known the wake on the losing end the day after election day.
Ovide's single commericals is one of the worst imaginable. "I am New Hampshire," he boasts like someone on a big ego trip. Of all the people in the state, who does LaMontagne think he is to make such a claim? He's never won an election, at least at the state level. His incompetence in campaigning led to six years of Jeanne Shaheen, and now he has the nerve to claim that he is New Hampshire.
Ovide refuses to take a stand on any issues, almost as if he's afraid to tell people where he stands. Rather, he goes with this weird commercial sylistically shot with strange camera angles, shots of road signs, or scene sets which tell us nothing of importance about the man except that he was born in New Hampshire and still lives here.
Maggie Hassan has run a series of commericials on the Democratic side; Jackie Cilley has broken new ground with her zombie ad; and Kevin Smith is on the air with some type of message.
Ovide's commercial is so bad it seems like it's intentionally meant to be bad. I didn't notice this before because it fails to cut through the clutter, but a very powerful Republican pointed out to me how bad the spot was so I decided I'd better tak a look at it.
It's as bad as a spot can be, and one can only wonder what Ovide is doing with all the money he's raised. Probably saving it for the general election which, if commercials were the criteria, he would never advance to.
Truth in blogging, I am not endorsing anyone in the Republican primary. I will of course take a Republican ballot (after all, I need to vote for myself for State Representative), but the lack of choice at the top of the ticket is truly astounding.
I note that the Concord Monitor has endorsed Jackie Cilley. Were I a Democrat, I would vote for Jackie over Maggie The Dog Torturer Hassan.
Republicans can only hope that if Ovide survives the primary, he'll go to a new ad agency for his general election commercials.
"I am New Hampshire" is hardly the message we need to hear. Tell us what you'll do for us, Ovide, not where you were born and grew up.