The level-headed student leader sits down with The Gazette as she prepares to hand over the reins of the FEUQ after two tumultuous years at its helm.
Perhaps Justin Trudeau needs a good education critic for his revitalized federal Liberal Party.Good lord, there's a lot of crazy packed into that short passage, even for a reporter. She describes as "level-headed" a woman who led a violent strike that shut down large parts of the city to oppose a modest tuition fee increase that still would have Quebec students paying the lowest fees in the country. Well, Ms Seidman was probably the beneficiary of a journalism degree in that same dysfunctional Quebec university system, so cut her some slack.
She thinks that the best place for such a paragon is in public service fighting under the banner of Justin Trudeau and his "revitalized" Liberal Party. OK, Seidman is female and Justin is just so dreamy and irresistible, so what star-struck fan girl wouldn't think that was every woman's dream job?
The real head-scratcher though is the revelation that a reporter for the Montreal Gazette, one of Canada's most important newspapers and the English paper of record in Montreal, thinks that the federal government is in charge of education. There is no federal Department of Education - education falls under the jurisdiction of the provinces, as surely Ms Seidman must realize having just written an article about the leader of a student strike against the GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC. There is no federal Minister of Education, and opposition parties in the House of Commons do not have Education Critics in their shadow cabinets, despite her fervent wish that Justin Trudeau turn his gaze that way and lay on his healing hands.
Is it asking too much to expect reporters in major newspapers to have a basic understanding of how Canada works?
(UPDATE: It gets even better - Justin Trudeau DOES have a critic for "Post-secondary Education and Amateur Sport" in his shadow cabinet, despite there being no corresponding department in the federal government. Has someone told Pauline Marois?)