First line of a story in Saturday’s Montreal Gazette:
Quebec City shouldn’t look to a deficit-fighting federal government to help fund a new arena that would enable it to lure back a National Hockey League franchise, Treasury Board President Stockwell Day said yesterday.
Four paragraphs later:
Day did allow that federal money could possibly go toward funding a new NHL-calibre arena. “Different municipalities have different plans in terms of infrastructure and I can’t comment directly on those plans,” he said.
Boi-oi-oi-oing. Even after scouring the Internet, I haven’t found any indication of what the heck Day meant: That federal money could be used for arena infrastructure, but not for an arena itself? That Quebec City could use existing federal revenue streams, but not ask for new money? Any native Canadian speakers who can help me out here?
In any case, it looks like the plan to lure the NHL back to Quebec with a new $400 million publicly funded arena is alive again. Or not.