Today is election day in Quebec. Election nights are always a busy time for those of us in the news business, and the Montreal Gazette newsroom, where Raymond and I both work, will be a very busy place indeed until late into the night and early into the morning. In addition to the usual adrenaline rush brought on by deadline pressures – you haven’t lived until you’ve written or edited a news story about the results of an election that must go to press before those results are fully known – there is the uncertainty looming over the outcome. Will we have more of the same with Jean Charest’s Liberals, who have already governed for three occasionally controversial mandates? Will we end up with the untested brand-new Coalition Avenir Québec under former separatist François Legault? Or will hell-bent sovereignist Pauline Marois and her Parti Québécois take power, with all the unsettledness that that entails? Will we end up with a majority government, or a minority? And if the latter, who will prop up whom?
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got a day like that in front of me, I need to have something to keep me grounded and calm. Which is why I’m posting this early-morning photo of the dam and historic mill on the Black River in Queensborough. It was taken one morning last week by Queensborough photographer Dave deLang – Raymond and I had the great pleasure of meeting Dave and his wife, Irina, this past weekend – and he kindly gave me permission to use it. Thank you, Dave, for giving me and my readers something calm and beautiful to look at and reflect on during a day (and night) of uncertainty – and deadlines.