A planned new bridge linking Montreal to the South Shore is creating controversy.
These mega-projects often do, because they can adversely affect traffic flows and neighborhoods, not to mention the inevitable cost overruns.
The planned bridge will replace the existing Champlain bridge. You know, explorer Samuel de Champlain who sailed to the New World from France in 1603. He mapped the St. Lawrence River before establishing a settlement, Quebec City, in 1608. He is considered the founder of Quebec.
The bridge renaming, which has yet to be approved, is seen as a possible political move by a government desperate for votes. Honouring the Rocket is always popular. Champlain is so 1600s and there are no YouTube clips of his highlights.
Now no one disputes the cultural importance of Maurice Richard in Quebec. He transcended hockey and is the most celebrated Quebecker ever. But to erase Champlain's name in this fashion is wrong. Quebecers have a lot of heroes to honour and Champlain should never be forgotten.