OTTAWA - A massive faceoff is possibly looming in the naming of Montreals new bridge: Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard against famed French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Air Force 1 Retro Outlet .Federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel said in the Commons on Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whose name it will bear.The bridge is federal jurisdiction and would replace the current Champlain Bridge, one of the busiest in the country and a key route for motorists between Montreal and its populous south shore.Montreal La Presse reported a few days ago that Lebel has decided to pay tribute to Richard, who had a glorious career before eventually dying in 2000 at the age of 78.That possibility has angered Opposition politicians in Ottawa.The Conservatives are trying to create a diversion around the debate on tolls, said Liberal MP Stephane Dion.They also want to give the impression it will be a new bridge when it opens in 2018 to make it easier for them to ram through the notion of tolls, he added.They hope the Liberals will be criticized for our position but, no, I believe the majority of Quebecers and Montrealers will agree with us, he said in a telephone interview.Dion hailed the crucial role de Champlain played in founding Quebec and Canada, saying the father of New France shouldnt be elbowed aside by the hockey giant.There are different ways to honour Maurice Richard and everything he represents — all his determination and spirit. Samuel de Champlain is at the very core of our history.NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair echoed a similar sentiment and said de Champlains name shouldnt disappear from any new bridge.He said the name debate amounts to a Conservative smokescreen so the Tories dont have to talk about real business.The issue also surfaced at a news conference French President Francois Hollande and Premier Philippe Couillard held on Tuesday.After mentioning de Champlain in his Commons speech on Monday as the founder of a new country, your country, Hollande refused to get involved on Tuesday other than to say France is not putting pressure in naming bridges, streets or avenues or in taking away names. Air Force 1 Mid Outlet . - Andre Drummond had his best night on the boards. Air Force 1 High Outlet . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me.BARCELONA, Spain - A couple of Canadian duos picked a good time to come through with personal-best performances.Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford broke their Canadian record to win the pairs competition Saturday at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Later in the day, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje also had a personal best for the victory in ice dancing.In the pairs, the world bronze medallists received 146.22 points for their free skate performed to a medley of tunes from the rock band Muse, giving them a total of 220.72. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were second with 213.72, followed by Chinas Wenjing Sui and Cong Han with 194.31.Our goal coming here was to stand on the podium, so to win is a bonus, said Duhamel.Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., are enjoying a standout season, with victories in both their Grand Prix events — Skate Canada International and NHK Trophy in Japan.In ice dancing, Weaver and Poje, from Waterloo, Ont., bettered their score from last seasons silver medal performance at the worlds with 181.14 points. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. were second at 167.09 and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France third at 162.39.Its definitely our strongest performance yet and its great to see the program is still growing, said Poje. We really brought across the emotion and we were so connected on the ice that the story really came through.The Canadians skated to excerpts from Vivaldis Four Seasons.Its hard to pick out a moment that really stands out for us from what we did on the ice because we were so focused, said Weaver. My best memory was probbably our lift because it got such a reaction from the crowd. Air Force 1 Online . Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto were fifth in the free dance and sixth overall.Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the mens gold. Spains Javier Fernandez took the silver and Russias Sergei Voronov won bronze. Russian skaters finished 1-2 in the womens competition. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva won gold and Elena Radionova earned silver while American Ashley Wagner won bronze.It was the first time Canada reached the top of the podium at the Grand Prix Final since Patrick Chan won the mens competition in 2011 and the first double victory in pairs and ice dance since 2001. At that event in Kitchener, Ont., Jamie Sale and David Pelletier took the pairs crown and Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz won the ice dance.Duhamel and Radford topped their old mark of 213.62 set at the Canadian championships last January. It also ranks fourth all-time on the ISU scoring list.The highlight of their free skate was landing the throw quadruple Salchow. It came just after Duhamel touched down on the side-by-side triple Lutz.We were so confident in our quad Salchow that it didnt matter that I touched on the Lutz, said Duhamel. Its (the quad) has been so consistent for us in practice that we were going for it no matter what.Radford was certainly pleased the green light was on.Weve been waiting to have a skate like this all season, said Radford, who mentioned he was in the audience when Sale and Pelletier won their gold in 2001. This was the first time that we actually hit the quad like we do in practice. It is so exciting.———With files from The Associated Press. ' ' '
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