Lack of enthusiasm from the population
I am completely against public funding for the construction of such a stadium. On the one hand, we already have a stadium that is useless, and on the other hand, a half-time team can not generate enough enthusiasm, necessary for a real enthusiasm of the population. The organizers of this project are already notorious millionaires, so if they want a stadium, let them finance it themselves.
Investment in health, education and sustainable development
I completely disagree and for several reasons. Firstly, I believe that portraying baseball stars as role models for our young people is completely contrary to the principles of a society like ours. Second, Quebec needs to invest in several other areas such as health, education, sustainable development, etc. This project is promoted by organizers who need visibility. Former mayor Denis Coderre is there to give them foil … I would certainly not vote for a government that wants to fund them.
Louise Massie, retired teacher
Only if there is a team within a reasonable horizon
Yes, as long as the owner of the Tampa Bay Rays agrees to sell us the team within a reasonable time frame, otherwise we run the risk of him deciding to return to the United States in another market. We do not want another videotron center …
No exorbitant salary
A divided detention team, controlled by Americans and paying exorbitant salaries to their players. No thanks.
Utilize space for innovation
When the government says that they can support a baseball stadium project in the city center if it makes more money for the government than it costs, I think the reasoning is incomplete. Rather, the question is, can we do better with the same amount of public money for this strategic location in terms of benefits for decades to come? A key role for the government is to develop a strategic vision to strengthen the comparative economic benefits of its jurisdiction and then to attract and develop human talent, which will ultimately create prosperity for all. The space south of downtown Montreal must be seen as a strategic room. Especially with the École de technologie supérieure, Centech and Cité du Multimédia, we should develop a human center for talent in engineering and technology. We are fortunate to create a stimulating environment south of Montreal to attract young people from around the world who want to create the world of tomorrow. Done well, an environment conducive to research and innovation will in the long run provide several times more human and economic benefits than a stadium.
Take care of CHSLD first
Agree with this type of financial assistance, but only after spending a billion dollars on upgrading the CHSLD system. In the meantime, there will be enough baseball on TV for us to enjoy the sport without putting much danger to the elderly.
André Simard, Gatineau
Other files we need to take care of
It seems that there are much more important things to consider right now than thinking about financing the return of a baseball team of millionaires who give nothing for Quebec. Let us think above all about social housing, health, education and security. So many files more important than the damn baseball.
Avoid repeating past mistakes
So, after the failure at the Videotron Center in Quebec City, are we thinking of raising another white elephant in downtown Montreal with a half baseball team that would be American property? Nasty good deal in perspective … It is clear that we do not learn quickly from our mistakes … So let’s invest in housing instead!
Do not play the billionaire game
As long as there are states to get started with these billionaire promoters (CIO, World Cup, F1, professional leagues), they would be crazy to change business models. Let’s be smarter than them …
Marc Tremblay, La Malbaie
Do not subsidize billionaires here
I do not need 200 words: the answer is no. It is not a question of subsidizing the enrichment of a few billionaires here, but especially Americans. I have already written to our Prime Minister about this to inform him that he will lose my vote in the event of such a grant.
A rude comeback
I have already expressed my rejection to Valérie Plante regarding this project: it is not a question of giving taxpayers’ money to a millionaire club. Baseball has left Montreal due to lack of public interest, the return does not seem relevant to me. I do not even want to address the Videotron Center release … The answer is no, no and no!
Louise Chenard, Montreal
Focus on local businesses
Totally disagree. Over the past year, we have clearly seen the need to be a little more independent. The government has a large choice in financing local businesses that will have more acceptable social benefits than helping wealthy American homeowners.