Netflix could pay for Harry and Meghan’s security, Bloc leader quips


Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet might be a staunch opponent of the idea of Canada paying for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s security costs, but that didn’t stop him from kidding around about the issue Tuesday.

Blanchet said he loved the Netflix series The Crown and proposed that the media service provider should launch a fourth season of the historical drama to cover Prince Harry and Meghan’s costs.

“They are really excellent, I adored them,” Blanchet said of the show’s first three seasons to journalists at Montreal city hall after a private meeting with Mayor Valérie Plante.

“They should finance that,” he said.

“But I don’t see any reason why Quebecers’ taxes should be used for Meghan and Harry, any more than they should be used to finance the Simpsons,” the Bloc leader added.

On Monday, Blanchet blasted the idea of paying the royal couple’s costs on Twitter.

“Monarchy, frivolity, symbol of the armed conquest, continuing desire to assimilate, claim to divine right, embarrassing wealth in front of real people… Non, just no,” he tweeted, asking whether “Our nation is still subservient to the British Crown?”

In the one-hour meeting with Plante, Blanchet said they covered several topics, including transportation.

On Plante’s proposed Pink Line, the Bloc leader was supportive, saying that it is rare that a political leader is elected on such a specific platform as Plante was in 2017 after promising the new métro line.

But he said it’s understandable that federal Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna hasn’t made any specific commitments yet, since she just took over the portfolio and needs time to study the file. McKenna had a cordial meeting with Plante last week.

Blanchet said his discussion with Plante did not focus on protecting the French language. He said he disagrees with the way language is often portrayed as a wedge issue between Montreal and the rest of Quebec.

He said he and Plante “quickly came to the same conclusion” that the differences between Montreal and Quebec’s regions have been greatly exaggerated.

“That polarization should not exist,” he said.

While the Bloc holds only one seat on the island of Montreal, Blanchet said there were nonetheless many Montrealers who voted for the party in the Oct. 21 election.

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