When the State bungles, it seems like bad weather. Huh? Since we live in a democratic state, people can not only complain about the weather - they can also complain about how stupid/ignorant/corrupt/greedy other people are.
What are people saying? Who is at fault? Why did this happen?
1. It is said that Quebec uses so much concrete because of hydro. To build the dams, Quebec developed a cement industry. (For similar reasons, the Soviet Union and Quebec also seemed to use aluminum often for windows and doors.) These concrete solar coverings/bridges should not exist. Instead, we should use steel for bridges.
2. John James Charest is in bed with the mafia construction people.
3. In the past 30 years, the neo-liberals/neo-cons have forced governments to reduce the number of government bridge inspectors, and public employees in general.
4. Quebec construction/bridge inspectors are typical civil servants; they are incompetent.
5. Quebec ministers are liars, and incompetent.
6. Quebec prefers to spend money on cultural shows rather than basic infrastructure. (This is my own favourite since my Google news is filled with U2, Paul MacCartney concerts, Deneuve, Lelouch in Montreal. Hence the the title for this thread.)
7. It happens in the US too. There was a bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed, killing many people also.
8. If Quebec were sovereign, it would not be a banana republic with a colonial mentality and collapsing bridges.
9. If Quebec separatists had not wasted 40 years arguing about sovereignty, we would not have collapsing bridges.
Take your pick. When it comes to a public issue in a democracy, like the US debt, the issue itself is not at stake: it is your opinion of the issue that matters. If your neighbour loves MacCartney and you think your neighbour is an idiot, then you should take a side.
Except. Like many others, I drive through that tunnel roughly once every two weeks. Many, many others drive twice through it every day.
We all know that it fell on a Sunday morning.
Montreal/Quebec is ripe for a 21st century version of a California/Proposition 13 revolt.
Edited by August1991, 02 August 2011 - 02:01 PM.