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February 22, 2011
Saskatchewan: If feds won't fund our stadium, we won't build one
The Saskatchewan provincial government now says it will abandon plans for a new Roughriders stadium if federal funding isn't forthcoming by next week:
In a letter to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, provincial cabinet minister Ken Cheveldayoff writes that the province is at a "critical point in the decision process and associated timeline for the project."
The province has been looking to Ottawa to pick up about 25 per cent of the cost of the proposed $431-million multi-purpose entertainment facility. Saskatchewan has made an application to PPP Canada, a federal Crown which supports public-private partnerships, for the funds.
Presumably the goal here is to make one last desperation play for P3 funding, then blame the feds for torpedoing the stadium if they don't come through. Assuming anyone in Regina will care much — the team is community-owned, so it's not like fans need to worry about it moving to Saskatoon.