Quebec taxpayers do not want to pay a dime for the construction of a baseball stadium in Montreal, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
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The nonprofit has been sending a clear message to the Tampa Bay Rays in recent days. She bought a large-format ad near Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball practice.
“Dear Rays, Montreal will not pay for your new stadium. Sincerely, taxpayers, ”it says on the sign.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CFC) wanted to get back on an idea from Rays owner Stuart Sternberg.
The businessman wanted to put up a banner in the field to promote shared custody during the team’s playoffs. Faced with outcry in his community, he left his project.
“We also want the Rays to play in Montreal, but we just want to make sure it doesn’t cost taxpayers a penny,” said FCC Quebec spokeswoman Renaud Brossard. I have been working on the idea for about a month.
“We raised money with our supporters to fund the installation of this billboard. We are very pleased with the results so far.”
The actions of the FCC do not just stop with this coup. She has also started an online signature campaign which she intends to deliver to the provincial government in the coming months.
“We are addressing Prime Minister François Legault and Finance Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon to avoid investing taxpayers’ money in a new stadium,” Brossard said. As for the Rays, so much the better if the team wants to come to Montreal.
“But we do not want her to treat Quebec taxpayers’ wallets like an open bar.”
The appeal was launched in March last year, and has so far collected around 15,000 names.
“We do not really have goals when it comes to numbers. We want to have as much as possible, Mr. Brossard added. The goal is to tell Mr. Fitzgibbon that he is not eligible for a baseball grant. ”
Coderre persists and signs
Montreal’s mayoral candidate Denis Coderre continued to adopt the same line of thinking when he heard about the FCC’s initiative.
According to him, the return of the major leagues in the Quebec metropolis should not come before other more difficult issues in his eyes.
“We are not against the return of baseball to Montreal,” he replied in a text message to QMI Agency. But between the post-pandemic economic recovery, security, climate change and the housing crisis, the return of baseball is not a priority for Montreal.
“We will leave it to the Rays to negotiate with investors and the Quebec government. “