|Mayor Jean Tremblay (source)|
He's able to pay for all this extravagant court business with a big fundraiser -- which he did in the capacity of mayor of Saguenay! Here's a video on the city's official Youtube site celebrating how citizens and organizations like the Knights of Columbus are all donating to the court fees. Apparently the city has dealt with all its more pressing problems and so can now be turned into a fundraising tool for the mayor's personal religious convictions -- isn't that grand?
Well, it seems like the court case is costing more than expected and the mayor is back for another religious pledge drive. This time he did a mass mailing on the city's letterhead and presumably with the city's mailing facilities!
Dans la lettre, le maire Tremblay rappelle que la décision éventuelle du plus haut tribunal canadien permettra ou non la prière et la présence du crucifix dans la salle du Conseil. Il écrit aussi: «sans votre appui financier et moral, il m'aurait été presque impensable de livrer une telle bataille.»
In the letter, Mayor Tremblay wrote that the eventual decision of the highest Canadian court would permit or outlaw prayer and the presence of the crucifix in the counsel room. He also writes: "without your financial and moral support, it would be almost unthinkable for me to undertake such a battle.There was not a whole lot of concern about this from his fellow council members -- perhaps they're all peachy keen with this anyway, since they all say the prayer! There was only a slight quibble from Simon-Olivier Côté. He's referencing the bolded part of the letter above.
«Le ton personnel montre que c'est son combat. Donc, le papier de la ville, c'est questionnable, mais pas choquant, croit Simon-Olivier Côté. Les rôles deviennent confus. Ce n'est pas lui personnellement, mais c'est lui qui est le porte-parole du dossier, qui sollicite», a ajouté Julie Dufour.
The personal tone shows that it's his battle. So, the city letterhead, it's questionable, but not shocking...Based on my limited research, very little is shocking with this mayor.
Oh, he refuses to actually tell anyone how many of these letters he sent out on city stationery.
Wikipedia states that as of 2011 at least, Tremblay has already utterly left the Quebec Secular Movement in the dust when it comes to fundraising. I guess being mayor has its perks.
On July 12, 2011, The Canadian Press says the mayor's fundraising campaign has raised $181,000, compared to the fundraiser launched by the MLQ which has received $25,000.I'm uncertain about current numbers, but I'd be willing to bet that Tremblay has now raised many more thousands.
Want to help counter this evil plan? Visit the Quebec Secular Movement donation page or the Canadian Secular Alliance Fundraiser Page and chip in a little to potentially stop prayer in government assemblies in Quebec, in Canada.