My friend Tasha was in Quebec City talking about the Quebec Arena. She explain how some Quebecers, particularly politicians mix up wants and needs.
Tasha Kheiriddin: Quebec City’s curious paradox, explained
Tasha Kheiriddin October 4, 2010 – 1:45 pm
When landing at the Quebec City airport this time of year, a heart-stopping tapestry comes into view: limitless acres of leafy trees aflame in red, orange and yellow, punctuated by swaths of dark green pines. The stunning display of natural beauty reminds you that there is more to la belle province than a controversial Maclean’s cover, the Bastarache Commission, and the popularity rating of the provincial government.
Then you drive into town, and poof! The pretty tableau instantly dissolves in a sea of petty politics.
I paid a visit to the Capitale Nationale this past weekend to participate in a Radio-Canada debate about whether Quebec City should get a publicly-funded hockey arena. Guests included the mayor, Regis Labeaume, federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Josée Verner (sans Nordiques jersey), a trio of hockey legends (the famed Stastny brothers), and a host of other individuals, both for and against.