Canada’s federal election Monday gave the Conservative Party a majority government and severely reduced the number of Bloc Quebecois seats in Parliament, rain and flooding continued to impact the area and Vermonters reacted to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death.
These were some of the voices in the news this week.
(Antonia Maioni, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada) "There are members of the sovereigntist movement that never saw the need for the Bloc Quebecois. That is to say, why do we need a party in Ottawa when we want Quebec’s independence?"
(Burlington Fire Chief Seth Lasker) "We’ve given out about 9,000 sand bags to residents. We have several more thousand on hand and we’re expecting 10,000 more on Friday."
(Scott Newman, fire chief and emergency management director for Isle La Motte) "I’d say this: we don’t have any injuries or fatalities as a result of this. When you compare this to the tornados down south this sort of pales by comparison. It’s monumentally inconvenient."
(Adjutant General Michael Dubie) "And I would like to think that we have been – in the last year in particular, with so many Vermonters in Afghanistan – that we’re making a difference in that part of the world. Making it a little bit better or maybe putting it back together again."
(Senator Bernie Sanders) "My hope is, is that young Arabs, especially, will see the future for their countries is not this nihilism and destruction of Osama bin Laden, but democracy and economic development for a region of the world that is very, very poor."
9/11 Father Reflects On Bin Laden’s Death (5/2/11) (Don Goodrich of Bennington) "The one thing we cannot ignore are the simple, unvarnished, unpublished good lives of the thousands who died at their hands. I just hope that Osama bin Laden’s death will be put in the larger context of the continuing effort to avoid and diminish the underlying conditions of terrorism."