This is a really funny editorial -- particularly for those of us who, like myself, are members of the OIQ.... Jaro ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/story.asp?id=2FDB2 8E9-741C-472B-92A6-C3852B8ADEC1 EDITORIAL STORY Pompous protest The Gazette, Thursday, March 04, 2004 Who would have thought that Quebec's engineers would be the ones to take professional pomposity to new heights? The president of their organization - the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec - has actually taken the trouble to write a letter to Jean Charest to protest against the premier's persistent use of the term ''re-engineering'' - as in ''re-engineering of government.'' Now, we can easily understand why engineers would want to distance themselves from an idea that doesn't seem to be going down too well with their fellow citizens. Charest's re-engineering has so far meant little but user fees, dire warnings, and a hard line with Quebec's unions - hardly a formula for popularity. But once we start imposing such verbal strictures on governments, where would it all end? Pretty soon they'd no longer be able to nail down a solution to a problem without offending carpenters, or build consensus without upsetting the construction industry or, worst of all, cut taxes without hearing angry noises from barbers. There are, of course, plenty of reasons that governments shouldn't cook the books, but the fear of offending the province's chefs isn't one of them We'd suggest the government bury this letter but we don't want to offend the undertakers' union - the strike at Urgel Bourgie has shown us all how ugly that can get.