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Ottawa Senator dumps on Lindros – and it’s not someone on the roster

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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UMFan's avatar

Should the Canadian Government be in the business of funding arenas to attract NHL teams?

As an American, I despise the idea of governmental funding to help subsidise the profits of a private company. But man, if there ever was a way to get a team into Quebec and sustain it long term. The passion between Quebec and Montreal was amazing.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 10/07/10 at 08:27 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

I’m an American and it’s common here for city and states to help pay in part for the building of new arenas and sports stadiums. Not federal government help though ulness there name is AIG insurance company, sigh.
NHL hockey belongs in Canada and that Nordiques rivalry with the Habs back in the 80’s was GREAT! I’m a Wings fan but even loved to see those two go it back in the day on CBC Saturday nights.

I know in Canada their citizens in general are not keen on the government spending money on building hockey arenas so maybe the Quebec province government can come up with the money instead. Find it hard to believe their isn’t enought millionaires in Quebec that couldn’t or wouldn’t be willing help invest in the Nordiques getting their team back building a new arena.

Lindros was a douchebag for refusing to play in Quebec City when he was drafted.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 10/07/10 at 08:44 PM ET

Nordique_'s avatar

maybe the Quebec province government can come up with the money instead

The Prime Minister of Quebec has already promised 45% (around 175 million), and the mayor of Quebec City has promised 50 million. The big story here is that we are waiting to see if federal money will be invested.

There was a rally last weeked where more than 60 000 people gathered to show their support to build a new arena and to bring an NHL team back.

Word is that everything should be settled before Christmas…

Posted by Nordique_ on 10/07/10 at 08:52 PM ET


As a Sault Ste Marie native and a friend of a huge Nordiques fan I must say *#$%@& Eric Lindros.

Posted by Garth on 10/08/10 at 02:15 AM ET

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