Squid had a good chuckle over the Birdbrain letter. Obviously, she felt more comfortable baking muffins for members of the Women’s Revival Movement for Temperance than analyzing reality. It was clear to Squid that mutantism ignorance was rampant and still the so called “normals” wanted to dictate the rules of the game for mutants. This widespread ignorance made the construction of Expo 67 World Fair possible. Only the wealthy could afford to visit it. Millions of Quebecker’s tax money had been squandered for rich tourists and hotel owners, restaurant owners and contractors not to mention an army of opportunists. The vast sum of taxpayer’s dollars certainly could have been better spent to ameliorate the conditions of mutants who were sitting in cold-water flats eating stale bread and beans.
The petit bourgeoisie of Montreal were relishing the future profits they would cash in on. The criminal behind this was Montreal mayor Jean Droolpoop considered like some saviour of capitalism as Montreal was in its death throes against Toronto. Droolpoop had a reputation of breaking up crime syndicates and playing the media darling of tough guy. So tough that the Roman Catholic church was controlling the numbers game in Montreal. Expo 67 was an invitation for corruption. And Droolpoop had handed out huge construction contracts to build Expo 67. It was Droolpoop that took credit for construction of Montreal’s subway system that served large retailers. Not only that Droolpoop had expropriated Lower Westmount in Montreal to make way for expressways leading into Montreal causing dislocation of thousands of mutants. This was a low-income suburb and its disappearance pleased suburbanites and contractors but lead to a mass exodus of lower income residents. In the midst of clanking gold coins seniors, low-income residents and mutants were displaced and forgotten. They had no political power so what did it matter?
Droolpoop had trumpets of self glorification blowing. He was in the process of “constructing a great world class city” for the benefit of those never identified. Droolpoop was miffed when bouquets of flowers were not sent his way. Mutants were not about to participate in political bootlicking being prepared to challenge pompous bastards and cash grabbing toadies where they could be found. Idiot princes and court jesters had no rightful place in the world when they preyed on the innocent.
Bertie Foonbean, the reject from the Greek Gods, suggested an ingenious plan to harass prophet Droolpoop. In many Montreal mental institutions there had been severe cutbacks to divert funds for Expo 67. The big Expo 67 had to be paid for somehow. The Montreal mutants, directed by Foonbean, planned a mass breakout of “patients” from the Mugless Mental Hospital. It was hoped that the Dora Birdbrains and their tax-deductible husbands would see that the mutants had the power to control their existence and destiny even if for a short moment. The mutants were to defy their jailers…..society. The victims of the scandalous behaviour of the Montreal municipal politicians were to be in the frontlines of the attack.
Late one-night groups of war veterans dressed in souvenir commando outfits besieged the Mugless Mental Hospital on the slopes of Mount Royal while inside operatives, not blanked out by CIA LSD experiments on the inmates, overpowered the security guards and orderlies. The vets were pumped up thinking they were supporting the liberation of their comrades. They had fought in wars over “freedom” yet after the wars they had witnessed the actions of those most vocal in support of the war count their profits from munitions manufacturing and large government contracts ignoring the victims they had created on “both sides”. These vets hoped their raid would focus national attention to the plight of veterans forgotten for 364 days of the year and left to create brooms and keychains for automobiles.