City manager says feds won't pay

DEREK PUDDICOMBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

The federal government says it has no money earmarked to help the city renovate Lansdowne or build an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium in Kanata.

"As I have indicated in the past, there is no special pot of money specifically designed for new sports entertainment facilities," said Infrastructure Minister John Baird's chief of staff Chris Froggatt in a letter dated April 14 to city manager Kent Kirkpatrick

Baird recently announced a $4-billion infrastructure stimulus package for "shovel ready" projects.

Froggatt said once the city identifies its project priorities it might be able to access new money made available in the 2009 budget.

"If council chooses to include a stadium in its list of priorities, the federal government will give it full consideration," he said.

Coun. Rick Chiarelli disputed Kirkpatrick's claim, saying Baird has indicated the government would consider contributing money toward a stadium.

"I'm taking the minister's guess of the minister's intentions over the city manager's guess of the minister's intentions," Chiarelli said.

The province has yet to respond to the city's funding request, but a letter is expected today.


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