Champlain Bridge, or Maurice Richard Bridge? Controversy brings out the worst in everyone.

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Champlain Bridge, or Maurice Richard Bridge? Controversy brings out the worst in everyone.

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[url=http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/new-champlain-bridge-to-be-na... Champlain Bridge to be named after Maurice Richard: reports[/url]

Not going down well in some quarters.

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“The name of the busiest bridge in Quebec celebrates none other than the founder of Canada and French America, our equivalent of Christopher Columbus and Magellan,” Gille Laporte, president of the Mouvement national des Québecois et Québecoises, said in a statement.

Yeah, what would we do without our equivalent?

And Gilles Duceppe doesn't like it much either. He prefers to leave Champlain, and rename the Victoria Bridge after Maurice Richard. I could live with that.

It's when people start explaining their preferences that you get a real mirror into the darkest corners of the soul.

 

NorthReport

Here's a novel thought: how about naming it after a First Nations woman?

Unionist

NorthReport wrote:

Here's a novel thought: how about naming it after a woman?

We've already got one of those - and I agree with Gilles Duceppe about changing it.

How about naming it after an Indigenous person? Or how about not naming it after an individual?

Le Pont des Peuples.

ETA: Whoops sorry, didn't see that NR had edited his post. Still, not sure I'd like Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Bridge. Whom did you have in mind?

 

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

I agree with Duceppe.

Another pathetic and cynical attempt by the Conservatives at winning support in Montréal. I doubt it will work.

 

swallow swallow's picture

It's a ploy to make people think the traffic is moving fast. Like a rocket.

Unionist

Yesterday on CBC Radio Noon, call-in opinion was divided between those who wanted to keep the existing name, and those (plurality) who wanted the new bridge to be named after an Aboriginal female, or any Aboriginal, or "Mohawk Bridge". One caller suggested the old bridge be christened "Stephen Harper Bridge" just prior to tearing it down.

No one, despite the frantic efforts of the host (Shawn Appel), supported Maurice Richard - even though everyone loves him.

 

Unionist

Maurice Richard Jr. is on the air right now. He's been invited to meet with federal government representatives. He says the family is honoured, but they're conscious that there's wide opposition to the move. Everyone loves his father, and he clearly sees this creating controversy where there has always been unanimity.

When asked, "Can you imagine yourself telling the government that renaming the bridge is not a good idea?" - he hesitated slightly, and said: "Yes".

When asked, "What would your father have said?", he replied:

"I think he would say that he doesn't deserve that, he was always just a hockey player, he did his job as good as he could..."

lagatta

I would like to see an Aboriginal people (but Mohawk is not their name for themselves in their own language) person, place or event, but it would be hard to come up with a consensus.

The name of our Nation is Kanien'kehá:ka, which means "People of the Flint Nation". Later, we were referred to as Mohawk. We prefer to be called by our correct name, Kanien'kehá:ka.

It is obviously the Bell Centre that should be named for Richard, though there already is an arena named for him in the Olympic Park complex in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (métro Viau)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ar%C3%A9na_Maurice-Richard

MegB

I'd like to see it named for all the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Sisters in Spirit Bridge, or the equivalent in one of the Anishnabek Confederacy languages.

NorthReport

Maurice Richard Jr. has 2nd thoughts on Champlain Bridge renaming

Son of Maurice Richard hesitates over naming bridge after the Rocket, given negative reaction

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/maurice-richard-jr-has-2nd-though...

Bacchus

I think the bridge should be called whatever it feels comfortable with, without judgement for its name/identity choices

pookie

Bacchus wrote:

I think the bridge should be called whatever it feels comfortable with, without judgement for its name/identity choices

Hee

abnormal

Bacchus wrote:

I think the bridge should be called whatever it feels comfortable with, without judgement for its name/identity choices

Agreed.  And it's unethical and racist (i.e., anti-bridgest) for anyone but the bridge to make that call.

 

Unionist

Maurice Richard Jr. spoke to Denis Lebel yesterday and asked him to take Maurice Richard's name off the list. He says Lebel agreed.

Vive le Québec!

 

Unionist

On a joint motion of the two main opposition parties (PQ and CAQ), the National Assembly has voted unanimously to tell Ottawa not to change the name of the bridge.

 

Unionist

And the people win:

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/champlain-bridge-will-not-be-rena... Bridge will not be renamed, Denis Lebel says[/url]