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Alexandre Meterissian

Alexandre Meterissian has been a consultant at HATLEY since April 2013. He is a McGill University Arts graduate with a major in political science and minors in economics and philosophy. In September 2013, he will begin a Master of Science in Administration (MSc.), specialized in strategy at HEC Montréal. Alexandre has worked in various ministerial offices in Ottawa. He contributed to the development of various foreign policy initiatives while in the office of the Hon. Lawrence Cannon M.P., C.P. before joining the office of the Hon. Jason Kenney M.P., C.P. where he was responsible for relations with cultural communities in the Greater Montreal Area. Alexandre is a co-founder of the Prince Arthur Herald.

The top 10 craziest McGill Daily articles

While I was at McGill, I had so much fun picking up the McGill Daily, knowing I’d have a great laugh. Having graduated, I must say that I miss the crazy articles and unbelievably hilarious work they would publish with our student fees. So I have decided to share my passion for reading the McGill Daily with what I judge to be the top 10 “best” articles the Daily has published over the last few years. They don’t even need introductions, the work speaks for itself:   10- On thin ice (Sept. 9th 2013) “U.S. imperialism is a genocidal regime, killing and destroying the lives of poor people of colour on a scale that statistics cannot communicate. It is also a for-profit business, one in which this university is an active partner.”   9- Bikes on parade (Sept. 9th 2013) “The barriers at Milton Gates are also part of McGill’s newest effort to insulate campus from its surrounding community. Since its establishment, this campus has sought to create an anglophone foothill enclave. A spiked steel fence lines Sherbrooke.”   8- Tuition hikes are sexist (March 16th 2012) “If student groups do not actively work to prevent tuition hikes, women in Quebec and at McGill will be hit hard. It’s time for students to join the fight for accessible education and stop this sexist hike.”   7- Dear boot-licking apoligists (Nov. 8th 2012) “The slaughter-glorifying gun-horny narrative of November 11 is a fantasy. Even if we did abolish monstrous fascism with redoubled reactionary violence in order to live under the comparative freedom of liberal capitalist democracy, should we really be so excited to experience the lesser of two evils?”   6- Who’s hungry (Nov. 25th 2013) “In a 2011 paper published in Nature, “Solutions for a cultivated planet,” a host of scientists – including McGill professors… Read More

A conversation with David Frum

David Frum needs no introduction. He was speech writer for President George W. Bush in 2001-2002 and famously wrote the 2002 State of the Union speech where President Bush first coined the term “Axis of Evil”. In 2007-2008 he served as senior advisor to the Rudy Giuliani campaign. He has also written many books over the years, his most recent one being Why Romney Lost published in 2012. He is currently a columnist and editor for The Daily Beast. Mr. Frum took time in his busy schedule to chat with the Prince Arthur Herald upon his return from the United Kingdom where he attended the conference of the Conservative Party. Based on what he saw, “the Conservative Party is doing relatively well, but is facing a tough re-election bid.” “The 2014 referendum in Scotland will have a major impact on the country. If Scotland actually ends up separating, it could really help the Tories.” Scotland has been a strong supporter of the Labour party. In fact, in the 2010 general election, the Labour Party swept Scotland with 41 of the 59 seats. In terms of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Mr. Frum was nuanced by saying that its threat is mixed for the Conservatives because Nigel Farage’s party takes away support from all parties, not just the Tories. “If the Conservatives try to reach out to UKIP’s voters, they risk alienating their own supporters and hurting the modernizing effort they have been attempting to carry out over the last few years.” The conversation moved to Frum’s real interests: American politics and the Republican Party. He reflected on the 2012 election and Mitt Romney. “Mitt Romney was the ideal candidate for the party, but he was forced to be something he was not to win the nomination. The primaries really hurt… Read More

Bill 78: within reasonable limits

There has been much debate and discussion surrounding the now infamous Bill 78, which was recently passed by Quebec's government. The bill sought to give additional powers to the police in order to bring public order back to the province’s largest city -- Montreal. Most artists, labour unions, intellectuals and student associations have denounced the bill as being draconian and as the most serious curtailment of individual rights since October 1970, when then-Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau used the War Measures Act to quell violence in the streets at that time. Some of these groups have even gone so far as to compare the province’s premier, Jean Charest, to Vladimir Putin and other notable dictators.What put even more oil on the fire was the Quebec Bar Association’s press release stating that it had “serious worries” about the bill and its impact on civil liberties. A few days later, Quebec’s prosecutors joined demonstrations in the streets alongside the students who were continuing their protests against the government’s $1,625 tuition hike over five years. This pushed students and major labour unions to file injunctions to block the bill and eventually render it void. The Quebec Superior Court is expected to pronounce its verdict within the next week or so.However, all these reactions beg the question: Is this bill as draconian as its opponents are trying to make it sound? Following the press release by the Quebec Bar Association, some of the partners in the province’s most respected law firms condemned the Association’s statement because in their view their Bar Association’s position is incorrect when one looks at the law. The president of the Quebec division of the Canadian Bar Association, Maître Martin Sheehan, also stated that his organization supports the passage of the bill. Not only do they view it as legally… Read More

Time for a Peace Deal with QPIRG

For two years now, I have actively participated in the McGill “Opt-Out Campaign” which aimed to make students on campus aware of the radical organizations that are funded by QPIRG with their tuition dollars. I hoped that students would react to our campaign—and they did, with QPIRG’s budget having been seriously reduced over the last few years. I had also hoped that as a result of this loss of revenue ($29,000 in 2010), QPIRG would begin cutting funding to its most radical groups, but that did not happen. All that changed was that its directors allowed it to run a larger deficit and piled it on top of the debt from 2009 (though it remains unclear who will have to repay these debts in the future). From my understanding, that will fall on “us” (all McGill students), who will have to bail it out.Partisan bickering aside, I can appreciate QPIRG’s determination. As much as I disagree with QPIRG’s vision of the society we live in, I respect their resolve to constantly fight for what they believe in. They are so stubborn in fact that they will never stop fighting “the oppressors,” even if they lose their offices on University St. and are forced to work out of a cockroach infested apartment in Côte-des-Neiges. The bickering that we are engaged in will undoubtedly last for many, many years to come. But to what end? For what gain? The average student is unaware that either QPIRG or the Opt-Out Campaign even exist and those who do only see two organizations in constant battle without any tangible benefit.Both QPIRG and Conservative McGill (the club leading the Opt-Out Campaign alongside other clubs) have absolutely brilliant young intellectuals in their ranks who can contribute to the future development of McGill’s growing community. It is time… Read More

Tougher Laws for White Collar Crime

January 27th, 2011 was a very sad day for over 9,200 innocent and hard-working Quebecers. Vincent Lacroix, dubbed the “Bernie Madoff of Quebec”, was released from prison after having served only one sixth of his eighteen year sentence. He was transferred to a transition institution where he will be “rehabilitated in order to get rid of his strong desire for material things” for a duration of three years. His complete release is planned for 2014.In 2005, Vincent Lacroix robbed all his investors in an unprecedented Ponzi scheme evaluated at approximately $130 million. Most of his 9200 investors at the time were middle class people nearing retirement. They had, in most cases, amassed a relatively large amount of capital that they were ready to invest for their future well-being and that of their family. Lacroix was the CEO of a well respected Montreal investment company named Norbourg. Over the years, he opened multiple accounts in the Cayman Islands to funnel his clients’ money and then produced thousands of fake investment returns to fool investors.The system he designed was so complex that it took years for the courts to truly understand how he had gone about organizing such a successful operation. Eventually, his plan was discovered and Norbourg Headquarters was raided by the police. Lacroix lost his extravagant villas and luxury cars. Unfortunately, thousands of investors also lost all their life savings in the process.A massive trial was opened against Lacroix and his co-conspirators. It lasted until October 2009 when a Quebec judge imposed a tough 18 year minus one day sentence. However, since he had already served four years in prison, the sentence was only around 13 years. Nonetheless victims had a sense that justice had been served by this harsh sentence, the likes of which had never been seen in… Read More
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