By arguing that investing in the return of baseball to Montreal would be at zero cost to taxpayers, “the Legault government is taking Quebecers for granted,” assesses the parliamentary leader of Quebec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. No opposition parties support public funding for the return of Expos.
According to Print, the government is said to be in talks with businessman Stephen Bronfman, who wants to build a baseball stadium in Peel Basin. A financial contribution of up to a few hundred million dollars would be requested. For several months, Quebec has been open to the idea of a contribution, but only if it is made at zero cost to Quebecers.
“I think it shows that François Legault has completely lost the sense of priority,” condemns Nadeau-Dubois. A baseball stadium with zero costs is like a carbon neutral third link. It’s taking Quebeckers for suitcases. Nobody believes that. “
“We take people for idiots when we say that,” adds the leader of the Liberal Party, Dominique Anglade. The reality is that these investments cost taxpayers’ money. ”
The Liberal Party believes that other issues are more “prioritized” than the return to a large baseball team in Montreal. The Quebec Party agrees. “This is not a good way to invest public funds, when we see that the health system is in crisis, that we hesitate to give six million dollars to teachers and kindergarten staff,” supports parliamentary leader Joël Arseneau.
Quebec would consider providing hybrid financing, consisting of grants and forgivable loans, which means that the assistance provided will correspond to the economic benefits generated.