Quebec: Land of poutine, discrimination, and snow tires
Quebec is an enigma to me, much along the same lines as Texas, Crocs, or tounge piercings. I just don’t get it.
Quebec longs for recognition of their “distinct society” in Canada while attempting to force immigrants to assimilate. Quebec gave us poutine, which is unsettling when you really analyze it.
And Quebec gave us Bon Homme, who scares the pants off of me. (He’s no Mr. Bump.)
So now, further strange news from our pea-soup eating friends. The Government of Quebec has annouced that winter tires will be mandatory for all cars from Nov. 15 to Apr. 15.
Julie Boulet, Minister of Transportation, states that “There is no price when it comes to road safety.” Let me get this straight. Through all of last year 717 people died on Quebec roads. In 2004, over 2,200 people died from falls (from bed, stairs, etc.) alone [Source: CANSIM, table 102-0540, Statistics Canada]. Does this mean we should ban all stairs?
I guess my main point here is that this seems to be an absolutely absurd waste of time and money. According to the Globe and Mail, over 90% of drivers use snow tires now, before any legislation. Have they determined that those extra 10% without snow tires account for all 717 deaths?
Je me souvien idiots.