Fed up with what he says is Montreal's underfunding of the CDN/NDG borough, Alex Montagano loaded his truck with blue garbage bins, lined them with black trash bags, and dropped them off in front of Montreal City Hall on June 9.
"This is an interesting symbol of how our parks are not being properly maintained," said the president and leader of Équipe CDN-NDG / Team CDN-NDG, a borough-level party vying for power in the upcoming November 7 municipal election.
Montagano told MTL Blog he decided to pull off the publicity stunt after a resident pointed out that many CDN-NDG parks are equipped with simple blue plastic barrel garbage bins while other boroughs have much handsomer wildlife-proof receptacles.
Montagano said he is trying to highlight how Montreal is underfunding CDN/NDG, pointing out that the Sud-Ouest borough (where Valérie Plante’s second-in-command, Benoit Dorais, is borough mayor) spent over $235,956 for 18 garbage bins with solar powered compaction systems in 2019.
"So, forget about the solar-powered compactor trash bins," Montagano said. "Why is it that CDN-NDG doesn't have money to buy proper garbage bins for parks?"
A contractor by trade, Montagano produced the blue bins himself using donated materials.
To celebrate the Canadiens becoming "Kings of the North," as they go on to represent Canada in the Stanley Cup semifinals, Toronto's CN Tower lit up in red, blue, and white on June 8 — and Leafs fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure.
"As an honest Leafs fan, I'm vomiting watching this. My life is literally ruined and makes no sense anymore after you've done this," reads a tweet by @AbsCoverage. It had racked up 533 "likes" at the time this article was published.
"Seriously someone should get fired for even thinking this up let alone ACTUALLY DOING IT," tweeted @SerioCM.
"Did you lose a bet CN Tower? There's no such thing as Canada's team. I wouldn't expect Montreal to light up Notre Dame in blue and white," tweeted @DylanHoulihan4.
Some Twitter users came to the CN Tower's — and the Habs' — defense, like @Leenerrr who wrote, "I’m happy someone is still in!! [...] Grow up already. It’s called the Canadian National Tower, not the Toronto City Tower."
Clearly unbothered by the haters, the official Canadiens Montréal Twitter account had a perfectly nonchalant response, simply writing, "Merci!" followed by three circles in blue, white and red.
Guess there's no time for drama when you're too busy winning.