municipal politicians are sporting cream - cream pie, wiped pie
from face that is. after being hit en route to fashion show yesterday,
Mayor Pierre Bourque became the second mayoral candidate this
election season to get a pie in the face from Quebec's notorious
band of pie-throwers, Les Entartistes, as he made his way to a
fashion show for the opening of a top Quebec designer's shop on
Crescent St. "He even had cream in his ear," said a
giggling Bourque spokesman, Madeleine Champagne, who saw the whole
were two pies and pie-throwers, but it seemed like three pies.
He was all covered - and at a fashion show, of all things."
However, Champagne described Bourque as "a cool cat."
A shop-owner gave Bourque a clean shirt and tie to change into,
she said. The mayor then attended the fashion show and gave a
short speech on the city's commercial renovation subsidy program,
Programme Operation Commerce.The city has invested $2.5 million
in the area around Crescent, called the Quartier du Musee, she
said. Hey, there's even a certain amount of prestige with beinghit
in the kisser with a pie.
take it as a compliment," Champagne said."He (Bourque)
was not on the shortlist when the pie-throwers announced who they
were targeting. Now suddenly he's jumped ahead." Les Entartistes
hit the scene in Quebec in May when they left a creamy calling
card on the face of Jacques Duchesneau, the former Montreal Urban
Community police chief turned star mayoral candidate, at a 2,000-guest
soiree hosted by his New Montreal Party at Windsor Station.
Like Duchesneau in May, Bourque rose above sticky adversity yesterday.
And Champagne pointed out Bourque is now in the same company as
U.S. computer baron Bill Gates, who was pied this year in Belgium
by Brussels-based l'Internationale Patisserie.Les Entartistes
are the Montreal chapter of the Brussels-based group.
Head pie-tosser is Francois Gourd, whose previous fringe political
experience includes the Rhinoceros Party. However, the pie-meister
said yesterday his hands are clean on the Bourque hit, claiming
to be unaware of it, because he had just returned from the country.
But he added he wasn't surprised."The pies are starting to
fly, and that's the goal," said Gourd, who added that 10
branches of Les Entartistes are cooking up plots to hit Quebec
politicians and personalities in positions of power with their
just dessert for taking themselves too seriously.
"Everywhere we go, we say pie, pie, pie," Gourd said.
Hit a Flop
the targets was Alliance Quebec president William Johnson, who
got pied while walking in the St. Jean Baptiste Day parade in
June. But there was one flop among the big hits this summer. The
pie-throwers took a shot at Hollywood hulk Sylvester Stallone
at the opening of the Planet Hollywood restaurant on Ste. Catherine
St. W. in July, but missed.
"It's an era of pie-throwing we're entering," Gourd
said. Yet even the pie-thrower can become the pied.Gourd said
he was hit while a guest on the taping of a new Radio-Canada talk
show hosted by Denise Bombardier that will air on Saturday.
Gourd said yesterday he would find out more about the Bourque
hit yesterday evening, when his group was to meet.
In true terrorist fashion, Les Entartistes issued a press release
yesterday evening claiming responsibility for the hit. But the
message offered a tart warning to parties in the municipal-election
campaign: The group will continue tarting as long as they "don't
present real ideas, like closing pawn shops, legalizing squeegees
and, above all, no Loblaws or new (Expos baseball) stadium."