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Duceppe urges Conservatives to invest in Quebec City

Federal funding for new NHL arena among the Bloc’s demands


 

Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe is calling on the federal government to invest a half-billion dollars in Quebec City, including $175 million for the construction of a new NHL-ready arena. Duceppe, who plans to unveil the rest of his budgetary demands on Wednesday, has already said his party would vote against the federal budget if it doesn’t include a $2.2 billion settlement for Quebec for having harmonized its provincial sales tax with the GST. A recent poll shows the Bloc leading the Conservatives by eight points (37 per to 29 per cent) in the Quebec City area, where the Tories have been campaigning aggressively. Conservative candidates took home 38 per cent of the vote in the provincial capital region in the 2008 election while the Bloc took in 30 per cent support.

Le Soleil

Canadian Press


 
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Duceppe urges Conservatives to invest in Quebec City

  1. Let's hope the government won't cave again to Quebec's "demands". Nothing we do will EVER appease them anyway.

  2. Let's hope the government won't cave again to Quebec's "demands". Nothing we do will EVER appease them anyway.

  3. For me, this has nothing to do with appeasing Quebec. It's about blatant vote-buying (anywhere in Canada), as well as my objection to tax dollars contributing to the construction of branded, corporate playpens that become revenue-generators and/or tax write-offs for wealthy capitalists and professional athletes, whose sporting events are beyond the means of many taxpayers.

  4. For me, this has nothing to do with appeasing Quebec. It's about blatant vote-buying (anywhere in Canada), as well as my objection to tax dollars contributing to the construction of branded, corporate playpens that become revenue-generators and/or tax write-offs for wealthy capitalists and professional athletes, whose sporting events are beyond the means of many taxpayers.

  5. Who cares what this Separatist threatens… This is a case of Separatist bluster… the pretense of the Bloc, fooling the voter into thinking that they are actually useful in Ottawa.

  6. Who cares what this Separatist threatens… This is a case of Separatist bluster… the pretense of the Bloc, fooling the voter into thinking that they are actually useful in Ottawa.

    • the pretense of the Bloc, fooling the voter into thinking that they are actually useful in Ottawa

      It's only a pretense if the Tories don't hand over the money.

  7. And MORE Canadian dollars get shovelled into a place that hates us. WHY? Political cowardice. If they want their own arena then the Paris Hilton of Canada can pay for it themselves instead of holding their hand out anytime they want something for free. SICK of hearing about money flowing into Quebec.

  8. And MORE Canadian dollars get shovelled into a place that hates us. WHY? Political cowardice. If they want their own arena then the Paris Hilton of Canada can pay for it themselves instead of holding their hand out anytime they want something for free. SICK of hearing about money flowing into Quebec.

  9. Instead of demanding, come up with a proposal (or proposals) that demonstrates how this investment will benefit all Canadians. If the case cannot be made, go make demands of the provincial government to waste money on pet projects.

  10. the pretense of the Bloc, fooling the voter into thinking that they are actually useful in Ottawa

    It's only a pretense if the Tories don't hand over the money.

  11. Instead of demanding, come up with a proposal (or proposals) that demonstrates how this investment will benefit all Canadians. If the case cannot be made, go make demands of the provincial government to waste money on pet projects.

  12. Kind of a lose-lose situation for Harper here. If he gives in, Duceppe can then ride to the next election saying "Look what we made the federal government do for you!" while making the rest of Canada go "WTF?!"

    If he doesn't, Duceppe can ride into an election (possibly much sooner) saying, "Harper will give money to Ontario and BC but not to Quebec for doing the same thing!"

    Unfortunately, this stems directly from Mr. Harper being willing to bribe BC and Ontario to harmonize their taxes with the GST. It seems that not having a problem with bribery (except when it doesn't look like it'll work) has come back to bite him in the rear.

    What's interesting is what will be his response? Attempt to placate Quebec? Just how secure is that Alberta vote, Mr. Harper? Forget Quebec entirely and concentrate elsewhere? Just how long can you sustain consecutive minorities, Mr. Harper?

  13. Kind of a lose-lose situation for Harper here. If he gives in, Duceppe can then ride to the next election saying "Look what we made the federal government do for you!" while making the rest of Canada go "WTF?!"

    If he doesn't, Duceppe can ride into an election (possibly much sooner) saying, "Harper will give money to Ontario and BC but not to Quebec for doing the same thing!"

    Unfortunately, this stems directly from Mr. Harper being willing to bribe BC and Ontario to harmonize their taxes with the GST. It seems that not having a problem with bribery (except when it doesn't look like it'll work) has come back to bite him in the rear.

    What's interesting is what will be his response? Attempt to placate Quebec? Just how secure is that Alberta vote, Mr. Harper? Forget Quebec entirely and concentrate elsewhere? Just how long can you sustain consecutive minorities, Mr. Harper?

  14. Political suicide in Ontario, especially Hamilton area. He should give Quebec the same deal he gave Ontario and BC regarding the HST. The NHL arena though is a different matter. That has to be privately funded or I expect The Conservatives will completely lose Ontario. We are watching this one.

  15. Political suicide in Ontario, especially Hamilton area. He should give Quebec the same deal he gave Ontario and BC regarding the HST. The NHL arena though is a different matter. That has to be privately funded or I expect The Conservatives will completely lose Ontario. We are watching this one.

  16. If the Separatists want money for Ice hockey stadiums, look to iggo and the "Liberals". The "Liberals" have already stated they would consider giving the Separatists the money they demand. The Conservatives have consistently said they will not fund professional sports arenas in Quebec, or anywhere else. No worries though, the lefty media won't let facts get in the way of their misleading narrative's to get the "Liberals" "back to power".

  17. If the Separatists want money for Ice hockey stadiums, look to iggo and the "Liberals". The "Liberals" have already stated they would consider giving the Separatists the money they demand. The Conservatives have consistently said they will not fund professional sports arenas in Quebec, or anywhere else. No worries though, the lefty media won't let facts get in the way of their misleading narrative's to get the "Liberals" "back to power".

    • You should perhaps be practicing your most adroit cognitive dissonance maneuver, just in case you need it when Harper tries to buy some crucial Quebec City ridings with a little rink money. I'll bet they're already cutting the cheque.

  18. You should perhaps be practicing your most adroit cognitive dissonance maneuver, just in case you need it when Harper tries to buy some crucial Quebec City ridings with a little rink money. I'll bet they're already cutting the cheque.

  19. Sounds like risky investment to me…

  20. Sounds like risky investment to me…

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