Friday, December 05, 2008

bridges and governments

the bridge close-by
connecting provinces
is crumbling

and this article about it today links the state of a federally-owned bridge and the government of today...

"Chaudière Bridge out indefinitely...

"Deterioration in the masonry arches of the 170-year-old Chaudière Bridge was noticed by a contractor two weeks ago, Mr. Vaillancourt said. It passed a full inspection in 2007, he said.

"The crumbling of the bridge is a symbol of what’s wrong with the federal Conservative government, area politicians said.

Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, a New Democrat, said the closing of the bridge spoke to the need for an economic stimulus package that was at the heart of the political storm raging on Parliament Hill.
“Here we’ve got a government that says it has provided all the economic stimulus that’s necessary, and yet, in the shadow of Parliament Hill, in the heart of the city, we have a bridge owned by the federal government that is falling down,” Mr. Dewar said.
“This is a metaphor for what’s wrong with the government. To have this happen in the backyard of Parliament is exactly why we need a stimulus, and more money for infrastructure.”

"Councillor Diane Holmes, whose ward is served by the Chaudière Bridge, said having a federally-owned bridge in the capital begin to fall apart through neglect was intolerable. She said the bridge’s closing should shame the federal government into fixing Canada’s crumbling infrastructure.
“It is their own bridge, and one would expect at the very least that there would be regular inspections so it doesn’t get to a point where it is in imminent collapse,” Ms. Holmes said. “This suggests there are not inspections often enough to take care of their own roads and bridges. It shows the federal government doesn’t have a priority on infrastructure, and they should.”

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