OPINION I guess it’s the thought that counts. It kind of reminds me of those Valentine’s Day cards we used to get in school. They meant well, but really, I’m not sure I felt special when I knew the girl I had a crush on had sent similar cards to every other guy in the class. Do you remember when Sally Field won the Oscar for the film Places in the Heart? “I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now. You like me,” she said.
OPINION This week, we got a little foretaste of what’s ahead for Montreal this summer if you want to get just about anywhere. If you tried to cross the Mercier Bridge on Wednesday morning, you were in for a rough ride: a six-kilometre backlog, because a contractor delayed the reopening of the bridge, because the concrete he poured was not dry. Two hours to cross. You would have thought they would have poured concrete often enough to have it all figured out. Another fine moment for Transport Quebec.
Say it ain’t so Phil. Please say it ain’t so. Have we so soon forgotten the last two attempts at nation building? Have we learned nothing from the lessons of Meech Lake and the Charlottetown Accord, aka Meech Light? Things on the unity front are going well these days, so why touch it? There is relative peace on the on linguistic front. Quebec is no longer holding a knife to the throat of Canada.
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