Put your vintage Nordiques jersey back in the closet

While the Canadian Press has the Prime Minister merely “playing down expectations,” the Globe goes ahead and declares the dreams of a federally funded pro hockey arena in Quebec City to be dashed tonight.

“I know there are more demands for new infrastructure for the NHL and the CFL here and in many other cities across the country,” Mr. Harper told the crowd who waited in anticipation for his remarks on the proposed arena project. “My friends, we are all great fans of professional sports. But professional sports are first and foremost the responsibility of the private sector. And if there is a role for the federal government, it must be equitable across the country and also affordable.”