The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the Harper Government should scrap the new Champlain Bridge project, arguing that basically Quebec politicians are a bunch of whiners.
"We want them to stop all work because we don't want Canadian taxpayers picking up the tab for the Champlain Bridge," said Gregory Thomas, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
Thomas said Quebec should not be getting a $5-billion federal handout to build what he calls a local bridge in Montreal.
"The bridge has been falling down for many years now and nobody saved a dime to replace it," Thomas said.
"The idea that taxpayers from all over Canada have to pay for it is ridiculous.
Thomas said he has an idea of where all that gas tax money is going instead of for the new bridge.
"We watch the Charbonneau Commission like everybody, we hear about how wildly overpriced Quebec construction is, how it's the highest-priced construction in North America, all these payoffs with politicians and mobsters," Thomas said.
"What we hear from the Charbonneau Commission is that there's a lot of money going into the hands of crooked politicians and mobsters and not a lot of money being spent on construction in Montreal."
Thomas argues new bridges are being built in B.C. financed entirely by tolls.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce declined to comment, saying the statement by the federation did not merit a reaction.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre did not take kindly to the Federation's statement.
His response was heavy on sarcasm: "Yeah right, that's truly representative. That represents Montrealers and people from eastern Canada."
He continued, "Canada is about sharing. Everything belongs to everybody. We're all part of the same team. And when there's a situation, Canadians all stand up together and say, 'It's good for the economy, it's good for quality of life and it's good for everybody.'"
Read the entire statement here.