City police Chief Marc Parent is seeking to reassure Montrealers. He said on Tuesday that a retired police detective had failed in his attempt to sell to the Mafia a top-secret list of undercover officers and other police informants. As it happens, the ex-detective died the next day.
So, end of story? Hardly. It's a relief to hear that no informants lost their lives. But the larger matter — the police's overall performance against organized crime — is not reassuring at all.