Nordic: Caisse can join in the fun, says Peladeau

Pierre Karl Péladeau(RIMOUSKI) The government does not give grants to Quebecor for the return of the Nordiques in Quebec City, says the PQ leader Pierre Karl Péladeau, the company’s controlling shareholder. But it considers that the financial arm of the State, the Caisse de dépôt et placement, can participate in the adventure.

Quebecor has applied to the NHL to get an expansion team. She is in the third and final phase of the process. It meant earlier this summer she is looking for financial partners.

On the sidelines of a meeting of the PQ caucus in Rimouski on Wednesday, the PQ MNA Nicolas Marceau ruled out any involvement of the state. “I do not see this kind of thing. It is a private company that has to make in, that’s all, “he said, without specifying whether his opposition as regards participation of the Caisse.

Later, Pierre Karl Péladeau showed openness to a state participation form. “If the Caisse (de dépôt et placement) is possibly requested and considered that it might be a good deal, it will be to them like other leaders to determine,” he said. “I certainly do not think there’s any subsidies are required. Now, if the developer of the application (…) wishes to solicit fund managers (note such as the Caisse) is possibly an opportunity offered to those companies that are fund managers investing. ”

The minister responsible for the Quebec City region, Sam Hamad, has already opened the door to what the state becomes a financial partner in obtaining an NHL team. He raised the possibility of offering a loan guarantee Quebecor. His colleague of Economic Development, Jacques Daoust, proved rather reluctant to grant such aid.

During his press conference, Pierre Karl Péladeau announced that it will “tour of economic decision-makers” to make proposals to stimulate the economy. He criticized the government for refusing his proposal to hold an economic summit. Among policymakers that it intends to meet, he spoke of business leaders but also to Hydro-Québec, Investissement Québec, the Caisse de dépôt, universities and labor funds.

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