Posted by: pafmurray | June 14, 2017


On the previous post (Mayor Denis Coderre Meets A Pitbull), Coderre looked awful, in fact so awful that he did not enter the council chamber for the June/17 meeting until I had all but finished my preamble and question!!

In order to avoid rush hour traffic, I cycled 9 miles to Hotel de Ville in order to give Mayor Coderre the opportunity to explain why he ignored a simple no cost request to help Montrealers. After the flooding in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, etc. I invited Coderre to cycle in Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal and raise funds for the Red Cross. More important than that, I asked him to invite ALL Montrealers to join him.

Coderre ignored the request. Two years ago when I invited Coderre to cycle for the benefit of the homeless, and encourage Montrealers to join him. He said “NO”.

As mentioned in the video, Quebec is the worst province/state for charitable giving in Canada/USA. Not mentioned is that Quebec has the lowest rate of volunteerism in Canada (and very likely in the US as well). In my humble opinion Quebec is a sociological basket case and Coderre is a perfect example as to why!!


Please note my smile after being scolded and how the questions are actually ignored! 🙂

Please write to Mayor Coderre and tell him what you think. Should he set an example in the future IF he is re-elected? Is he proud of the awful example that he sets for the Quebecois?:
Please Cc

Another thing. Do you recall what happened to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he replied to English questions, in French? Note in what language I asked my questions and in what language they answered.

Note the applause that Coderre received from his party members after I asked my second question. Please note that the per capita contribution for all areas of medical research in Quebec is half of what it is in the other provinces.

That is what Coderre’s party members were applauding! SICKENING!!


Today, Mayor Coderre appointed as Vice-chair of the STM a city councilor who has a problem with English in Quebec!

“Vision Montreal councilor Elsie Lefebvre complained in public that French was being disrespected in City Hall by the overuse of English.
The mayor, Gerald Tremblay dismissed her claims saying that such ideas were in her DNA, being a former Peekist.
“Tremblay’s remarks follow Lefebvre’s decision to rise on a question of privilege during a meeting of city council on Tuesday to contend her rights as a city councilor were being belittled “because this municipal council becomes more anglicized month after month, week after week.” LINK{Fr}
This follows a complaint that a bilingual flyer was sent to homes around the Park avenue area encouraging people to shop on the street during a bothersome construction project.
The OQLF deemed the flyer legal, but chastised the city for setting a bad example. Link{Fr}


Posted by: pafmurray | March 9, 2013

Is This A Sign of Intelligence? :o)

There is a video below, in which a borough mayor shows exactly what politicians are in Montreal. Are you impressed or are you sickened?

A couple of weeks ago, Dorval asked Velo Quebec for a letter welcoming all charities to piggyback upon the events of Velo Quebec, and use them as vehicles by which to raise funds.

Westmount and TMR may be asking for the same. I have been asking the Borough of CDN-NDG to request such a letter of Velo QC for over 18 months. Montreal gave Velo QC $1 million during the last year that I checked. In the same year Montreal charged charities $170,000 to stage athletic events that actually raised funds for worthy causes.

If Velo QC provided such a letter, their events would have more participants, and Velo QC would make more $$$.

Sound good?


This is QC, the worst province by far for both charitable giving and voluntarism. The per capita contribution for cancer research and every other area of research is 50% of what it is in every other province. The reason why charitable giving in QC is as high as it is, is because not everyone in QC is Quebecois.

Quebec has major sociological problems and “NO” the reason for the low level of giving is not because of taxation/being poor. Quebec is not the poorest province, and we are no longer the highest taxed.

Advance the following video to 83:10 and watch another politician do the exact opposite as he swore to do.

If you find his response sickening, please feel free to tell him so. His email address is

It is long overdue for the Quebecois to give to charities at the same rate that the provinces poorer than Quebec do. The people of Quebec fund medical research at only about 50% of what the rest of Canadians do. Here are the most recent stats re charitable giving across Canada. Note how low Quebec’s median is, and NOPE, we are not the poorest province nor the highest taxed anymore:

The problem is sociological and Mayor Perez, Mayor Applebaum, Marvin Rotrand and almost every other Montreal politician is helping to perpetuate the dubious distinction.

See the following post (video) of Mayor Michael Applebaum, recipient of Montreal’s Hypocrite of the Decade Award


Breaking News: Marvin Rotrand caught lying in Twitter message to Murray Levine.

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Montreal has backtracked. They have advised that I do not have to apologize to Marvin Rotrand for telling him to: 

“KISS MINE!” (after he lied about what I wrote to the entire city council).

My lawsuit against Montreal for infringing on my fundamental right to freedom of expression will continue though.

In order to be allowed back into the city council chamber, I have to apologize to the President of the council. I will do that. My first questions of Mayor Tremblay and Marvin Rotrand will be:

“When will I have your written apologies for making pledges to me in public to do what is in the best interest of the public, and then both not honouring your pledges? If you do as promised I will withdraw this request for apologies. Will you both now do as promised or will you simply be apologizing in writing?



Please see this link for the latest statistics on charitable giving in Canada and just how terrible the stats are for Quebec.

In this video Murray Levine is escorted out of a city council meeting after Marvin Rotrand misrepresents himself. (The previous blog post expands on that.) Rotrand left out two sentences of what Levine wrote and what he referred to as being in small letters was actually in much larger letters.

In Levine’s personal opinion, Marvin Rotrand is a politician in the worst possible sense, and is no longer a person. It has reached a point where Levine says that he actually finds Rotrand to be pathetic. 😦

In this video Murray Levine is refused the right to ask a question.

A mise en demeur has been signed for by Montreal and Montreal may be sued for infringing on my legal right to ask a question, as is guaranteed by the Cities and Towns Act.

All are strongly encouraged to forward this blog to Marvin Rotrand and ask him why he makes promises to do what is in the best interest of all of us, and then reneges on doing so.

The following is exactly how things went down and anything written/said to the contrary, is not the truth!

An open letter to Marvin Rotrand, City Councillor; All of the following is in Murray Levine’s personal opinion, and the facts are the facts. Anything to the contrary is BS. Please note that Murray Levine is a FULL TIME volunteer, loves what he does, and does not get paid a single cent for either his activism or fundraising.

Dear Marvin,

As you are aware I am a volunteer fundraiser and activist. I have actually been one since 1988.

Ideas that I have had have raised countless millions of dollars per year for charities. If people in your political party had brains, hearts and integrity, far more would be raised every year!

Years ago, Jack Herrity, a Vice President of the TD Bank wrote to me; “Two words that you must be very familiar with are tenacity and perseverance, for they are an embodiment of your character.”

For the past 19 yrs., as you are very aware, I have been on the case of Velo QC, as they will not add a fundraising component to their events. Years ago you supported the goal but I never asked you, or for that matter anyone, to support my methods. Remember, I am an activist. When logic does not prevail, I embarrass people into doing things that they should have happily done, without being embarrassed. While I would much prefer that people listened to reason, and did what is in the best interest of all, unfortunately the overwhelming majority do not.

You are now a perfect example of that. In June, at the CDN-NDG borough council meeting, I asked and, you agreed to WRITE (emphasis added) to the presidents  of the NYC Marathon and Bike NY. You were to ask them for the pros and cons that their events have experienced by raising $$ for charity. You were then supposed to send the letters received to Mayor Gerald Tremblay, to Velo QC and to myself.

At the October meeting you agreed to ask Velo Quebec for a to whom this may concern letter, welcoming all charities to piggyback upon Velo QC events, in order to raise funds for their own charities.

You did not fulfill either of your pledges.

You advised at the October meeting that you had called the NYC Marathon, had spoken to an underling who directed you to their website, and then YOU decided without doing as you had pledged, that the presidents of the two events would not write such letters!

You later changed your story, and mentioned that you had left phone messages (but not for the presidents) that were never returned.

Both of those presidents (and I have never spoken to either) replied favourably to me when I asked if they would write to Mayor Gerald Tremblay, if he asked them the same questions that you were supposed to ask them both. The two presidents replied affirmatively within 18 hrs of my sending them the emails.
Mayor Tremblay refused to do as I asked him to do, after you reneged on both of your pledges.

A week ago I received from Access to Information a copy of your letter to Velo QC. There was no mention in it whatsoever of what you had pledged to ask them for. While you mentioned that you allowed the letter to be released to me via Access to Information, we both know that since the letter was not private correspondence, the letter was available to anyone upon request.

Both of my requests (that you agreed to) were made verbally, and printed copies of the two requests were handed to the borough representative at the two council meetings. There was no question of forgetting what the requests actually were.

You have sworn an oath to do “fully what is in the best interest of the public”. As it is in the best interest of the public to see that more funds are raised for charity, especially in QC, whose median annual receipted charitable contribution (from those who donated) in 2010 was a disgusting $130, while in poorer 9th place New Brunswick it was $300. in my personal opinion you have broken your sworn oath of doing what is “fully what is in the best interest of the public.*

In full view of this you tried to discredit me publicly at the last borough council meeting. I find your behaviour repulsive and I only have rachmunis (pity)for you.

You belong to a political party that saw Velo QC, receive $974,000 (that I am aware of) in funding and support from the Ville de Montreal/STM in 2009 or 2010, while charging charities and NPOs staging athletic events that actually raised funds for charities, $170,000 at Parc Jean Drapeau alone! That is not a very good example of doing “fully what is in the best interest of the public.*

Above and beyond your position as a city councilor, I have been told that you earn another $63,000 from the public treasury for doing jobs that Mayor Tremblay appointed you to. Is an additional $63,000/yr the difference between doing what is in the best interest of the citizens, and what Mayor Gerald Tremblay dictates to you?

Last summer, both Mayor Tremblay and you mentioned that if I changed my tactics that perhaps people would support my efforts. I did as you both asked and as a result all that you have done is waste seven months that could have been put to far better use.

All who are in a position to help solve any of Quebec’s numerous sociological problems, deserve to be deeply ashamed of themselves, if they do nothing. IMHO both you and Mayor Tremblay, should be deeply ashamed of yourselves.

Do you ever intend to live up to your oath of office and do “fully what is in the best interest of the public”?

Murray Levine
“Social Activist/Consciousness Raiser/Charity Activist”


Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

For some unusual reason, many, if not most people, have little faith in most politicians. 🙂

At the June borough council meeting of CDN-NDG, Councilor Marvin Rotrand agreed to contact the presidents of both the NYC Marathon and Bike New York. (Participants in the 2 events that chose to raise $$ for charity raised about $35 million in 2011.) Two months later, Councilor Rotrand advised me that he spoke to an “underling” at the marathon who directed him to their website. He then told me that he felt that neither official would get back to him. According to his response, he backed out of his pledge without even attempting to contact both presidents.

On Dec 18, I emailed both presidents  and both replied favourably within 18 hrs. To this day, I have never spoken with either. (Note what Rotrand says on the 2nd video below.)

I then asked Councilor Rotrand early in  October (at the CDN-NDG meeting), to acquire a letter from Velo QC confirming for ALL charities that they could piggyback upon Velo QC events and raise funds for their own charities. Rotrand advised that he would do this. 

He advised on several occasions since then, after being reminded of what he himself had advised that he would ask, that Velo QC had not replied.

On January 13, Access to Information forwarded me the letter that Councillor Rotrand sent to Velo QC. The question that Councilor Rotrand was supposed to ask did not appear. In fact there was no question whatsoever so there was really nothing for Velo QC to respond to. Please note that when I make an initial request of a politician (as I made of Tremblay in the first video) the request is made in writing.

Marvin Rotrand has wasted seven months by failing to do, not once, but twice what he promised to do at the CDN-NDG council meetings. By failing to do as he has promised to do Marvin Rotrand has failed to help not me, but you, me and humanity at large.

Councilor Rotrand is the elder statesman of municipal politicians in Montreal and in my personal opinion is equal to the worst that I have ever had the unfortunate displeasure of encountering, not only in politics, but in life itself.

A man who pledges to do what is clearly in the best interest of all, does nothing and then has the audacity to claim that he has lived up to his pledges, is in my personal opinion beneath contempt.

If you would like to have a copy of the letter that Councilor Rortand actually sent to Velo QC, please send an email to:

Please note that in neither of the following videos has Councilor Rotrand contested what I mentioned regarding the letter that he was supposed to have written, or to whom.

He cannot attack the message, so he felt compelled to attack the messenger. This “messenger” welcomes such attacks because such attacks show the opposition for exactly what they are. 🙂

More Greetings

” Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. ”

What Marvin says below is definitely NOT what he said to me at the CDN-NDG Borough Council Meeting on Dec. 5

As far as what I wrote being “a veiled threat”, what I wrote was a promise. PLEASE NOTE THAT MARVIN READ ONLY PART OF WHAT I WROTE TO HIM (IN ORDER TO ILLUSTRATE WHAT HE WANTED PEOPLE TO HEAR) AND THAT HIS MENTIONING WHAT I SAID ABOUT IT NOT BEING A PHYSICAL THREAT, WAS NOT IN SMALLER TYPE BUT ACTUALLY LARGER.): “Marvin; I expect you to deliver on both promises fast. If you don’t, I swear to you, that you will regret it, as I will embarrass you with your words, as you deserve to be embarrassed, to no end. You ain’t seen nothing yet. This is a promise (a real one)! And don’t worry, this is NOT a physical threat.

(Marvin neglected to read the following)

I will simply ask you questions, demonstrate in order to bring attention to exactly what you are, until you live up to your word (both cases). You are a hell of a lot more convenient than Mayor Tremblay.

Don’t bother responding to this email until you have something very positive for me.

Happy Chanukah! 🙂


This blog and the demonstrations/efforts to attract viewers to it is what Marvin Rotrand considers to be; “a veiled threat”!  :o)

Most do not have the stomach for activism. I do and I have been very successful with it.

I am an activist NOT to live up to anyone else’s expectations, but simply to live up to mine.
I do it because I enjoy bringing about change for the better.
Those who do nothing are great at second guessing, those of us who do!

I find it very amusing that the President of the Council is making like he is talking to me asking for me to essentially apologize in writing. The only problem is that he was hamming it up for the camera, and I was no longer in the room. I was being escorted out as I was saying that I wanted to hear his answer. 🙂

I have written to MAMROT (Municipal Affairs Ministry) regarding the matter of Rotrand essentially announcing that he took what I wrote as a “veiled threat” when it was explicit that I would embarrass him as any activist worth his salt does. Making threats, veiled or otherwise is a criminal offense and Rotrand’s mentioning that it was a threat shows IMHO just how low he is.

This council is a complete sham and while I try and increase charitable giving in QC, the worst place by far for it in Canada, these politicians gave $1 million of your tax dollars to Velo QC while they charged charities $130,000 to stage fundraising athletic events at Parc Jean Drapeau “Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.”Thomas Paine

Please send this blog post to Marvin Rotrand along with your best wishes for a healthy and good 2012!  Just click on his email address : .
It’ s as easy as that. He gets them directly on his Blackberry and if you are lucky he may read your e-mail at a council meeting.  


The following articles are the best that I have seen regarding the integrity or lack thereof on the part of politicians.

Click here for a Psychology Today article entitled: How Power Corrupts Leaders to understand how the mind of a politician works and click here to see why they become arrogant and break the laws they take oaths to protect.

To be continued, and that is a promise! 🙂

Posted by: pafmurray | September 29, 2011

For The Love Of Cones

Aislin Montreal Gazette Sept 23rd 2011

My letter to the editor concerning this cartoon was published the next day.

” Under normal circumstances, being the complete prude that I am, I would take great offence over Aislin’s use of a phallic symbol to illustrate what Mayor Gérald Tremblay has been doing to the public for over 10 years. If I were an opponent of Mayor Tremblay in the next election, with the permission of Aislin, my political signs would consist of that cartoon, and my promise not to do the same! ”

Murray Levine Montreal

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