Originally Posted by bikegypsy
In sync, to me means 'working together and completing each other'. I think that we can exclude the 2 'real' big cities as they are their own islands, if not planets. Montreal looks favourably to Quebec City as a place for an interesting getaway... but not more. Quaint and charming, but that's it.
I see what you're saying, but I still think that Montréal needs Québec, and Québec needs Montréal
. Montréal doesn't have the choice to work with Québec to get anything from the provincial government, unlike Toronto where all the decisions are made. Québec, the beautiful quiet administrative centre; Montréal the bustling cosmopolitan economic metropolis. Québec the neat and tidy, Montréal the gritty and dirty. Québec as the centre of French America, Montréal as its eye on the world. Québec, the door to Atlantic Canada; Montréal, the door to Upper Canada. Québec and its car culture; Montréal with it's bicycling hippies and endless traffic jams. Québec, the city in touch with its history ; Montréal, the city that destroyed lots of it to get bigger. Québec, the conservative area of the province ; Montréal, it's progressive hotspot. Québec wants to be big (and is a tad jealous of Mtl), Montréal just is (and sometimes laughs at Qc's attempts at "greatness"). The cities share very similar areas ; Old Limoilou and Montcalm could easily pass for Rosemont or Villeray ; and parts of Ho-Ma could be confused with Saint-Roch. Québec kind of relies on Montréal for big events ; Montrealers often rely on Québec for well-paid governmental jobs...
The province of Québec truly has 2 hearts, whether we want it or not. One historical and administrative ; the other, cultural and economic. Plus, the roads between the two cities have become mythic in French Canada (the A20 sure, but also the 132 and the 138) and they are well-represented in our literature, theatre
, music and movies
(Robert Charlebois, J.-P. Ferland
, Félix Leclerc, Claude Jasmin, Roch Voisine
, Georges D'Or
, Luis Mariano
I think this rivalry defines a little of both cities. At least in our minds. The cities are in sync. And I'd say it's at least 200 years old (it's well-documented
) It sure lost a bit of its vigour since Québec lost its hockey team though