There is certainly no shortage of municipal news in Montreal currently and I’m afraid the vast majority of it isn’t the kind any citizen wants to see. Charges and allegations of corruption and calls for various mayors to resign make for a less than proud moment in a city’s history.
Fortunately a very positive item has emerged as Montreal has officially designated Raoul Wallenberg an honorary citizen. Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, was responsible for saving countless Jews from the Nazis .
“Wallenberg was a Swedish non-Jew who in four months in 1944 saved a larger number of Jews than any other government,” said Irwin Cotler, member of Parliament for Mount Royal. “A man who demonstrated that one person can resist and prevail over evil; that one person can transform history.”
This isn’t the first honour bestowed upon Wallenberg in the city. A monument to him stands in the courtyard adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Montreal.
I hope this story will not be lost amidst the current morass of questionable municipal activity and downright shenanigans that have monopolized the front pages lately. It is nice to feel a sense of pride in the city.