Thursday, December 02, 2010

Quebecor making news

A bit of an update here on some Quebecor matters, since their media footprint seems to be in the news today in some big ways elsewhere.

There was also news today that Pierre Karl Peladeau is to be summoned to appear in front of a Quebec legislative committee in January over the lockout of the Journal de Montreal workers, a lockout that has been dragging on for almost two years now. More here, some of the concerns being these:
Dans leur communiqué, les députés libéraux ont manifesté «leurs inquiétudes quant à la durée du conflit, le plus long de l’histoire de la presse écrite au Québec, et quant à ses impacts sur les travailleurs et leurs familles».
Interesting tidbit, in that lawsuit Peladeau is presently involved in, his defamation suit against the CBC executive Sylvain Lafrance, Peladeau's lawyers actually relied upon the reporting of one of those locked out Journal de Montreal employees, David Santerre, for the motion Peladeau brought to challenge the judge hearing his case on grounds of bias. Quebecor's lawyers quoted Santerre and even complimented him on the quality of his reporting in the halls.
Ironiquement, une grande partie de la preuve fournie par Quebecor au juge pour étayer ses prétentions sont les articles rédigés par Rue Frontenac tout au long du procès, et qui n’ont pas manqué de relever les interventions musclées du juge, contre les deux parties en présence par ailleurs.
«Vous avez fait une couverture assidue et objective», a d’ailleurs confié une avocate de Quebecor au représentant de RueFrontenac.com hors de la salle de Cour.
The journalistic talents don't seem to be registering beyond the Quebecor litigation needs though.

Judge Larouche has refused the recusal motion that would have seen him removed from the Peladeau trial and an appeal of that ruling will apparently be decided by the Superior Court's chief judge on Friday. The chief judge has already ruminated, during arguments, about some of Judge Larouche's comments during the Peladeau trial, specifically, the ones about Quebec Superior Court judges apparently being reluctant to sit on a Peladeau case:
Le juge en chef a aussi fait grand cas d’une déclaration du juge Larouche faite au cours du procès à l’effet qu’aucun juge de la Cour supérieure n’avait voulu du dossier PKP contre Lafrance.

«Est-il opportun pour un juge de discuter publiquement de la nature des discussions entre collègues?» a demandé le juge Robert.

«Est-ce que les discussions entre juges font partie du secret du délibéré et doivent-elles recevoir le même traitement», a-t-il ajouté.
Yes, important in terms of fairness during a trial. The Larouche comments, appropriate or not, have also brought out an interesting dynamic into the public light. Are judges reluctant to sit on such a Peladeau case? That seems quite important.