With things appearing to be going so well lately in our relations with Champlain Regional (the college Theresa was attending when she died), I have been lamenting of late my relations with the local police, the Surete du Quebec. Why do things always seem strained and on the brink of collapse?
Here’s what I was anticipating. Another trip to Quebec, this time to promote the scholarship in Theresa’s name. The media will press for information on the case, especially signs of strain and mishandling by the police. I will attempt to keep the focus on the scholarship. The press will persist, and I will eventually be forced to admit that things aren’t that great.
Well the Surete du Quebec – finally – seem to have anticipated my anticipation. What was initially supposed to be a fairly routine meeting next week with my SQ contact has developed into a “summit” of sorts with people in positions of influence who are actually capable of making a difference.
Benoit – that’s my guy with the SQ – has arranged for me to meet with police at their headquarters on Parthenais in Montreal. In attendance at the meeting will be Martin Hibbert, head of Quebec’s newly established Cold Case Unit, and his superior, Lt. Bergeron, head of major crimes for Quebec. When I informed Benoit that I may bring along Pierre Hugues Boisvenu, head of the most powerful victims’ advocacy group in Quebec, he welcomed the addition.
What an astonishing turn of events.