Ministère des Transports is a world onto its own. Able to get rid of its own minister. Now it is also the one that brings the most, how shall we say, contributions to political parties via the billions in contracts that it awards every year.
don’t usually comment on non-local problems, but the MTQ is such a dysfunctional mess that if affects us locally. You only have to read the negative answer given to the town of Stanstead to understand what we are talking about. It’s a simple one, reduce the speed on Dufferin in the school zone to 30km an hour. It’s a simple tactic, speeders usually go over the 70 Km/hr range, and they are caught with over 40km an hour above the limit. There goes the money and all the demerit points in the world. Now honestly, we are not cynical enough to believe that cops have quotas to fill, but let’s say that for once we are cynical.
ministry seems to not understand the meaning of a human life nor about caring for the safety of our children. Ours, we know what they think of it.
know firsthand that the specifications for road building are archaic here; we travel in Vermont or New Hampshire enough to understand that the weather South of the forty-fifth parallel is warmer by tens of degrees. That must explain why their roads are in better condition. redone a couple of years ago, have to be done again.
in the business knows how inefficient they are; a Charbonneau-like commission on the Ministry would occupy hundreds of lawyers for years.
when called to duty in an emergency, the employees show that they are able to do something else than sleep on the job. We only have to remember the flooding in Coaticook last year to prove what we are writing. Plans were drawn up overnight and intelligent solutions applied immediately. In fact, they proved how dysfunctional they are, qualified people unable to work correctly unless forced to do so by outside events. If Coaticook is near, in the Saguenay somehow they were able to have a bridge built under one year when the giant flood destroyed one in the late 1900’s.
it is dysfunctional is shown in the signage; let’s forget the useless giant screens with technology from the Moon landing age. Just simple ones. Canada has been metric for almost half a century. There are conventions attached to the system. It has to be easy to divide and multiply. So why is it that we see signs for snowmobile trails marked ‘230 m’? Well, it’s easy: that’s the closest to 750 feet. This little, and we mean little, problem shows the depth of the problems at the MTQ.