Quebec City has moved one step closer to getting an NHL hockey team Wednesday after the provincial government passed a controversial bill designed to shield the city’s new arena from legal challenge. Bill 204 declares the city’s deal with media giants Quebecor to run the arena legal. It aims to pre-empt any lawsuits challenging the status of the partnership. Debate over the bill exposed deep rifts in the Parti Québécois. Five MNAs left the party over the issue. The NHL has not promised Quebec another team.