Finance Minister Pierre FitzGibbon is now acting Minister for Baseball and Expos, but is not ready to sign a blank check for promoters to place the “third step on the government’s balance sheet”.
If the baseball stadium in Montreal is profitable and socially acceptable, Quebec can finance its construction.
“I have been in talks with the promoters for a few months,” the finance minister said, noting the baseball minister.
According to the Law Press, Stephen Bronnfmann’s team has asked the Quebec government for hundreds of millions of dollars in financial assistance for the construction of a new stadium.
Quebec is studying this proposal. “In government, there is nothing to declare at this time,” said Minister FitzGibbon. Before extending the sums, the minister waited to “see the benefits” for Quebec.
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Premier Legalt and his baseball minister also met with Mr. Bronfman on February 22, 2021 to “discuss various economic development projects”.
Mr. FitzGibbon looked at the “pieces” of the project, but believed that promoters would like to present them. “After that, there will be other discussions,” he said.
The minister does not want to repeat the mistakes of the past and put a dent in the fiscal deficit sports infrastructure. “Quebec Province will not have a third step on the government record,” Mr FitzGibbon said. “People watched the movie. We did not like that movie. “
“We take people as idiots”
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections in downtown Montreal. No one believes that taxpayers can achieve this project at zero cost.
“We take people as idiots,” said Dominic Anglade, the official opposition leader, who said he was happy to have baseball in Montreal. “It’s carrying Quebecars for luggage,” said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, parliamentary leader of the Quebec Solidarity.
Commenting on the Quebec Amphitheater funding, Joel Arsenalt of the party Quebecois added, “We can learn from our experience. We should not invest public funds in this project when the health system is in crisis and the government is unwilling to give $ 6 million to daycare educators.