I feel sorry for anyone who chose this week and, in particular, this weekend to come and visit Québec City. Due to the fact that the G-7 Summit was being held hereabouts — even if it is 140 km away in La Malbaie. Hundreds of protesters, also enjoying the beautiful weather, decided to march in Old Québec Friday and Saturday afternoons, chanting and playing music as they walked down St-Louis towards the Chateau Frontenac.
It’s nothing new, we’ve seen this all before when the G-8 summit was held here in 2001, accompanied by serious rioting in the street, with water cannons deployed, along with a lot of tear-gas. This time around though? There were scenes of police waiting at key points looking, well, bored.
Thankfully, for all concerned, the number didn’t turn up and those that did, were almost in a jovial mood by comparison.
The talk here wasn’t of protestors, but of the fact Trump arrived late, and then, left early.
The fallout of all this though? The cost to the taxpayers of Québec, who will foot the bill for all the security, never mind hosting the three-ring circus out in the beautiful countryside of the Charlevoix region.
Next year, can we have the Rolling Stones?