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by The Upper Canadien on 10/07/10 at 08:05 PM ET
Government Senate leader Marjory LeBreton recently waded into the debate about professional hockey in Quebec City, namely the idea that the Government of Canada would be assisting in funding a new arena for a prospective NHL team. While much has been written about this in recent months, this is the first time I have seen Eric Lindros dragged into the debate. Responding to a question from Senator Jean-Claude Rivest on the possibility of Government funding, LeBreton noted:
“Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, as big a hockey fan as I am, the funding of professional sports teams is primarily something that the private sector is responsible for; it is not the responsibility of the government.
I very much regretted when the Nordiques left Quebec City and went to Denver. In particular, I did not like the actions of Eric Lindros when he decided he would not go and play in Quebec City.
If he had stayed with them, he would have actually won a Stanley Cup. In any event, as a result of that, I was never an Eric Lindros fan.
The fact is, as the honourable senator well knows, the promotion of professional sports teams is a matter for the private sector and that is where it should stay.”
Interesting to note that the Avs would still have won the cup without Forsberg et al. I had no idea.
For more on the parliamentary proceedings, see here: LeBreton comments on NHL in Quebec
I doubt this is the last time we hear this debated in the Canadian Senate, and I suspect the House of Commons will be charged on the subject if and when the real possibility of NHL hockey back in Quebec City reappears. Though a long time hockey fan, I can safely say that I am against funding a private arena to support a for profit business, although I think a pretty good argument could be made that such a venture would bring great investment, not to mention hundreds of jobs, to Quebec City or any other large Canadian city looking for a team. Who knows, perhaps I can be swayed.
What do you think? Should the Canadian Government be in the business of funding arenas to attract NHL teams?
(Thanks to KK reader ‘Da Lil Guy’ for making us aware of LeBreton’s comments.)
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