Yesterday, the CBC reported that a new candidate with a reputation for fighting illegal graffiti has joined the running in a local Montreal riding that will determine the region’s representative in Canadian parliament. The new independent candidate for the tony, predominantly anglophone NDG–Westmount district is a four-year-old cat named Humbert. He is also the official muse for a local art gallery that opened last year as a way to discourage unwanted graffiti.
Alley Cat Gallery, located in a small alley off busy Sherbrooke Street, was born when Humbert’s owner John Jordan decided to cover the many tags on the alley’s brick walls with works of art so that his aspiring feline politician could hang out in a clean courtyard. The idea evolved into a full-fledged gallery exhibiting cat-related artworks exclusively, including original pieces by local artists. Ever since, the space has remained clean.
Maybe the cat will get elected....?