Saturday, June 02, 2012
The One Percent and the Party Animals
In 1985 the late Quebec filmmaker Pierre Falardeau made a short movie called Le Temps des Bouffons (The Time of the Buffoons).
It showed members of the Montreal elite partying at the exclusive Beaver Club, dressed in colonial costumes.
And Falardeau used those scenes to make a biting, and deliciously vulgar comment, about the state of Quebec society.
But now the world's elite is meeting at the Bilderberg Conclave, and this party won't be televised. Because they've got machine guns.
So now we'll never know why Alison Redford was invited.
Or who is commanding her to attack Tom Mulcair. Or how much more of Alberta she's planning to sell to foreign interests. Or how much pheasant she had for dinner. Or whether Henry Kissinger kissed her hand and said "Mein fraulein you look VONDERFUL."
But it doesn't really matter eh? Because if you want to see the one percent party animals in action, all you have to do is check out a video Anonymous managed to get its hands on.
It shows the extravagant birthday party the billionaire master of Power Corporation, Paul Desmarais, threw for his wife Jacqueline.
It may be long, but it's definitely worth checking out.
If only to see Jean Chretien and Lucien Bouchard embrace like old buddies...
Or see Brian Mulroney sing again...
Or just understand who really runs Canada...
In his report on the party Martin Patriquin seems outraged with Chretien and Bouchard's chummy encounter.
But what outrages me the most is how the rich are living it up, while so many Canadians are growing poorer and poorer.
When will they pay their fair share?
How long will they be allowed to get away with it?
And will they ever get the message?
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