With opposition politicians promising lawsuits challenging the funding scheme for a new Quebec City arena, city and provincial leaders are taking actions to nip them in the bud.
The issue: the agreement between the city and Quebecor for naming rights and management. A former provincial politician and city manager, Denis De Belleval, says he’ll challenge the agreement in court, presumably because a) it was consummated in a no-bid situation and b) it privatizes some city functions in terms of management. In response, the Parti Quebecois introduced a bill in Quebec’s national assembly that would limit challenges to the arena plan.
The new $400-million arena would replace Le Colisee as the main arena in Quebec City and could be a powerful lure for a return of the NHL.
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