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When hockey and Quebec politics collide

Sep 2, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

Jean Charest Getty Images

When it comes to election campaigns, few stones are left unturned.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest is gearing up for a Tuesday Sept. 4 election and if you’re both a voter in Quebec and a hockey fan, he has a very special message for you: Vote for me if you want to see an NHL team in Quebec City.

As the Canadian Press reports, Charest is arguing that one of his rival parties, the Parti Quebecois, might hurt the provincial capital’s chances of following in Winnipeg’s footsteps.

How? Well, naturally he thinks that a PQ government will lead to economic and political instability, which would make the NHL think twice about putting a team in Quebec City.

As we’ve previously reported, Quebec City has plans to build a $400 million arena, which might be completed by 2015. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that an NHL team will eventually call it home.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    We need a nation-wide referendum so we can cut this province loose once and for all.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      They already tried that in the mid to late 90s.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 3, 2012 at 2:25 AM

        No, the question of Quebecois sovereignty was only put forth to the people of Quebec then. I say we let all Canadians decide if we’ve tolerated this “distinct society” long enough.

  2. revansrevenant - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Quebec is like Canada’s version of California.

  3. bcisleman - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I want to say “Go PQ” but I have no problem with QC getting a team. Just tired of all the comments about the Islanders going there. Just wanting Charles Wang to get moving on a plan to keep the Isles in NY.

  4. windmiller4 - Sep 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Those cocky french canadians act like they should own the whole damn league. there are many other cities that can support a hockey team, yet they believe they should be first in line because of their sense of entitlement.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      “Many other cities”? Name one city that has the better resources, desire and doesn’t have to fight someone over territorial rights.

      Not Portland, Not KC, Not Seattle, Not Hamilton

      Oh and lets not pretend that they Nords we not given up on a hustled out of the city so fast it made everyone head spin. Weak Canadian dollar and Gary Bettman cost QC their team. The league as a whole was completely different and if they didn’t take steps Calgary would have been the next to go.
      Hell the Sens were bought and sold before they ever played a game.

      They should be entitled

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      While your sentiment about French Canadians is well received, it is true that QC is the best market for a team to relocate to. Basically everything awesomer said is spot on.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        Oh ya the French outside of Montreal and QC are unbearable by in large. In the cities they are awesome. Outside of the cities….well they want to separate basically and are whiners with their hands out while telling you to respect their heritage.

  5. DTF31 - Sep 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    The PQ’s taxing would be the real issue that would keep a team from there.

  6. thegonz13 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Aside from the racist comments from different posters -including two from the same guy- this simply serves to show to what lows a desperate politico will stoop to in terms of scare tactics.

    “Vote for me or you won’t get your hockey team!”. Stay classy, John Boy!

  7. thegonz13 - Sep 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    The same way there’s a separation between Church and State, there should be a separation between Stadium and State.

    I fail to see the interest in posting an item that is potentially a powder keg for racist and/or idiotic comments. I honestly think you should have refrained.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Don’t blame Charest on this one. Even though the loss of the Nordiques had nothing to do with fan support. The PQ is a racist, xenophobic party whose only drive is the disenfranchisement of linguistic minorities and their secessionist agenda. Ah, but I digress. This is a hockey forum after all.

    • tatdue - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      It might be a scare tactic from Charest but the truth of the matter is that he is correct the PC’s wouldn’t be he best choice for someone who thinks that Quebec City should get another shot at an NHL franchise…

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