ADSHADE: 'Greed always overcomes good judgment'

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At the onset of the 1980s, then-Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington told interviewer Peter Gzowski that "greed always overcomes good judgment".

He would later prove himself quite astute with that observation, considering Pocklington's own financial failings ultimately led to a fall from grace in Edmonton. And elsewhere.

That's not why I referenced Pocklington, he`s so yesteryear that perhaps not even he himself cares about what is going on in his life these days.

I thought of that quote this week when Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, buoyed a few short weeks ago by polls indicating strong support amongst the people of Quebec, called an election and forced Quebecers to the polls, less than two years after Marois's' separatist PQ party gained a minority government.

Well, Marois is no longer the premier of Quebec, in fact after losing her seat in this week's election she is no longer in politics.

Her party can still dream about forming their own country in Quebec, whatever floats their boats, but Marois and her advisers let their own greed for a majority government become their undoing.

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I watched as the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets played two exhibition games in Montreal a couple of weeks ago, before the start of the Major League Baseball regular season. Roughly 100,000 fans of baseball took in the games, adding to a small but growing chorus, singing the praises of the idea of the Expos returning to Montreal (it`s not a loud clamour right now, more like a couple of lone voices yelling across a large field).

For Montreal to get a major league baseball team, lots of things would have to go right. For starters they would need a downtown stadium, someone or someones with a love for baseball (not an absolute necessity, actually) and deep pockets - a necessity for sure).

There are thoughts the Tampa Bay Rays, in the middle of their own stadium issues and in a market that doesn`t care as much for baseball as that franchise would like (can`t sell out playoff games), could move to Montreal, where the Expos would play in the same division and create instant rivalries with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Red Sox, but talk is cheap. It`s probably not going to happen, but those of us who are Montreal Expos fans can dream a little, because it doesn`t cost us a thing.

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The schedulers apparently had no other choice, but for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Truro Bearcats to have to play four playoff games in five nights doesn`t easily foster an environment conducive to good hockey. I don`t believe that had an effect on the outcome of the series - Truro won in four straight, so they obviously deserved to win, it`s just a shame another way could not be found.

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A nod to the Lightning Kids: proudly displaying their silver medals, with big smiles on their faces, the group of girls in Grades 5 and 6 who made up the Pictou County Lightning basketball team were justifiably proud of their second-place showing at provincials recently.

They threw the team together in February, worked hard in a short amount of time and won silver for their efforts. We all know gold is usually a prettier colour than silver, but sometimes a silver feels pretty darn good, too. This must have been one of those times for the P.C. Lightning.

Organizations: Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays Yankees Red Sox Pictou County Lightning

Geographic location: Quebec, Montreal, Edmonton Pictou County

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