Quebec City preparing for Nordiques return?

Quebec City mayor Regis LaBeaume (above) and Quebec premier Jean Charest will meet next week to...

Quebec City mayor Regis LaBeaume (above) and Quebec premier Jean Charest will meet next week to discuss funding for a new arena. (KARL TREMBLAY/QMI Agency)

KARINE GAGNON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

QUEBEC CITY – Quebec Premier Jean Charest will meet with Quebec City mayor Regis Labeaume next Tuesday to discuss the financing of a new arena in the provincial capital, QMI Agency has learned.

The premier is then expected to announce $400 million in provincial funds to help pay for the project.

Charest has expressed enthusiasm for the project in the past, saying in June a city the size of Quebec should have modern facilities.

A new arena is a key stepping stone to getting the Nordiques NHL franchise to return to the province.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in August any hopes for the Nordiques's return rests in the city completing the project.

Quebec City may also be getting support from the federal government.

In a tour of the province last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he’d like to see the team back in its home city.

But the Conservative government has been sending mixed messages on whether it would be willing to chip in to fund the project.

Josee Verner, federal minister of intergovernmental affairs, said last week she would like to study the recently completed report on the project's financing before committing government funds.

Her colleague, Treasury Board president Stockwell Day, has previously said the province should fund the project without federal assistance.

The Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995.

 

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