It would be wonderful for the NHL to return to Quebec City. Its a hockey city with knowledgeable fans who are passionate about the sport they love. It would bring back the thrilling rivalry Between Quebec City and Montreal and that can only benefit hockey fans.
But not at any price.
The Quebec City Mayor, Mr. Labeaume, tells us wonderful things will happen if the taxpayers pay a minimum of 400 million dollars to construct an arena in order to show the NHL that they are serious about attracting a team to the city. He says that the city will benefit from the economic benefits generated by the presence of the NHL in Quebec, that it would give the city prestige and everyone would benefit, not just certain businessmen.
Once again, a politician, is using the words “benefits all” to describe the situation of “benefits few”. There really are two people that will benefit from an influx of taxpayer cash to build an arena. These two are the aforementioned Mayor Labeaume and the other is Quebecor boss, Pierre Karl Peladeau. Mayor Labeaume will win politically but the big winner would be PKP.
PKP would be getting a brand new state of the art arena for free and all he would have to do is buy a team, most likely the Phoenix Coyotes or maybe even the Columbus Blue Jackets. The taxpayers would be on the hook for 400 million dollars (minimum) while roads and bridges crumble, teachers stay underpaid, hospitals continue to work at over capacity, construction is in a mess and taxes are already too high. All this and we are asked to fund the construction of an arena so that a private enterprise can purchase a hockey team and relocate it to Quebec City. If the benefits are so great then PKP can pay for the arena himself since the profits would be so great. The taxpayer has been asked to bail out stupid policies and commissions and ideas for too long. I know that taxes are necessary but they are not necessary for arenas being built to help out already ridiculously wealthy business people attract hockey teams. Does anyone think that PKP would lower ticket prices to “thank” taxpayers for paying for his arena? I didn’t think so.
I really do want a team in Quebec City, I do. But not at any price…and its sad that we will pay for it anyway. Man what dupes taxpayers can be.
But what do I know, I’m just a bus driver.