The Hemisphere: Political Bridge

Just before 3 o'clock one frosty morning last week, Taximan Benoit Lefebvre, with two passengers in his cab, was wheeling briskly across the steel and concrete bridge over the frozen St. Maurice River between Three Rivers and Cap de la Madeleine. The bridge was the Pont Duplessis. Ever since 1946, when Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis awarded the $3,000,000 bridge contract without any public call for bids, it had been a political issue in the province. Duplessis' opponents said it was built with graft, loudly called attention to the cracks in its concrete. Duplessis...

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