Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Harper Passes On Federal Funding for Quebec City Arena

With a new Provincial spring election looming for Canada, the Conservative PM has chosen to remain steadfast to the official federal policy to curb federal tax dollar funding on privately used sporting arenas and other venues. I am very concerned about the popularity of this decision regarding the aforementioned election. Will sports fans and NHL fans remember this at the voting polls? I haven't seen any data that they must have looked at to consider such a

So, this news does put a small hurdle in the fast-tracking of a new Quebec arena for the NHL to consider moving a team. It may be much later than the Quebec City fans are waiting for. Could the city continue to drag the issue out for a while longer while the NHL sorts it's problems out?

Of course, they put in a loop-hole that suggests tying in a University to use the land or rink. It's already been done with the football stadium.

[Via: Rogers Sportsnet]
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