Accused Quebec election night shooter speaks from jail
IMPORTANT NOTE: Details of CJAD's conversation with accused Metropolis shooter Richard Henry Bain have been omitted. CJAD has chosen not to broadcast or publish the majority of Richard Henry Bain's comments, so as not to give him a platform to express his political views.
The man accused of gunning down two people at the Metropolis on election night called the newsroom of Newstalk 1010's sister station, CJAD 800 in Montreal Wednesday morning from the Riviere des Prairies detention centre.
Richard Henry Bain spoke to CJAD's Trudie Mason for more than a half an hour. He refused to answer questions about the shooting outside the PQ election night headquarters which killed one man and injured another. He said his life goal now is to get people talking about a vision he has for the future of Montreal.
He is advocating a form of partition to bring peace and harmony to the anglophones, francophones and allophones of the Island.
"My vision is that the Island of Montreal separated to become its own province," Bain said from behind bars.
He says he hopes that somehow, people can look past what happened at the Metropolis on election night.
"Don't look at what I'm accused of, okay?" Bain says. "Look at this action plan. Look at this vision. Does it make sense that we retake control of our own island?"
Questions about Bain's fitness to stand trial
Bain's lawyer, Elfride Duclervil, tells CJAD that her client met with a psychiatrist Tuesday, and it is the opinion of that doctor that he is not doing very well. She says there is some question about he will be fit to stand trial on charges stemming from the Metropolis shooting.
"I spoke with the psychiatrist this afternoon before I saw my client, and I was told that it begs the question whether or not my client is fit to stand trial at this point in time," Duclervil says.
As for how Bain managed to get to a phone to contact CJAD, she offers this explanation.
"To the best of my knowledge, my client is in a secure facility," Duclervil says. "I find it very strange that he was able to find a phone, because there are time my client tells me that he tried to reach me, and that it's difficult to get to the phone."