The Charest government is reportedly ready to give the Montreal Canadiens a big gift.
La Presse reports that after numerous requests from the hockey team, the Quebec government has decided to cancel the $8-million annual property tax on the Bell Centre.
The City of Montreal will reportedly be given the okay to sidestep its charter and apply a special property tax for the Bell Centre.
The city has reportedly been told that it will not lose out in the deal; the money will come from Quebec's Treasury Board.
Finance Minister Michel Audet tells the paper that the idea is to bring the Bell Centre's taxation level on par with what other NHL teams pay for their arenas.