The title is the answer to the following question: Why would Montrealers, including the local newspaper, really need to see the inspection reports for the Mercier bridge? Sam Hamad, the head of the relevant agency, basically told the newspaper to screw off. Just because everything that we have been told for the past few years seems to have been a pack o' lies and/or omissions, why should we have any need to see the reports?
Oh, because we would only understand half? Perhaps the newspaper might have some experts that they could interview. Oops.
Kahnawake, who understand only too well how much leverage this gives this First Nations tribe.
The bridge folks, like the folks running the city of Montreal (who have managed to take the new innovative bike rental business, Bixi, and turn into a money-losing, law-violating, heart-breaking venture), have simply no credibility. So, when they deny access to reports, people suspect that they might be hiding something. And they can deny the Canadian equivalent of Freedom of Information requests, Access to Information, by saying that the material contains opinions or recommendations, that the recommendations have not been acted upon, or that it would affect bidding. So, damn, the Access of Information Act is actually a wonderful shield for the bridge people and any other government officials that are running their cities or province into the ground (or the water, as the case may be).
But I guess we should trust the bridge folks, right?