The unSenator undone

Jacques Demers settles into his new role.

After vowing on the day he was named to the Senate to not indulge in partisan politics for the Conservatives, Senator Jacques Demers, former coach of the Canadiens, has done just that.

Demers, the Journal de Québec reported this week, has been called up from Ottawa to lend a hand to the Conservative candidate in Monday’s federal by-election in the Lower North Shore riding of Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, Bernard Généreux. It is one of four being held in Canada Monday …

Demers has recorded one of those telephone messages parties play to potential voters around election time. This one urges them to vote for Généreux, the mayor of La Pocatière. “This election will be very close and each vote counts,” Demers says in the message. “As a coach, when things mattered I preferred to have my best players on the ice and not in the bleachers. In voting for Bernard, you are giving yourselves the power to act.”

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