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Federal government rules out helping bid for second coming of Nordiques

Ottawa says it may consider funding for new NHL arena in Quebec City


 

Ottawa won’t be ponying up any federal dollars to help Quebec City’s bid to land a new NHL franchise—but it’s not ruling out the prospect of helping fund a new professional-calibre arena, says Treasury Board President Stockwell Day. “As a federal government we’re not involved in the professional sports market, though we try to keep their taxes down for them,” Day said in a speech in Montreal. However, a ministry staffer added a proposal that would see the federal government foot part of the bill for an arena is being prepared and will be considered by Ottawa. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has already indicated a new facility in Quebec City is required before the league entertains the idea of putting a team back in the provincial capital.

Montreal Gazette


 
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Federal government rules out helping bid for second coming of Nordiques

  1. Absolutely not in the public interest to spend one cent on a pro-sports arena. Government expenditure is for those things of general utility. Pro-sports is a private business, let it stand or fall as a business plan and seek it's financing on the private market.

    • I understand Pierre Peladeau, Sun Media owner, is one of those vying for the new team. If true, that would put this statement on the arena in better context.