Pierre Karl Péladeau bad news for possible Nordiques return, CAQ leader says
CAQ leader François Legault says NHL won't want to do business with a separatist
Coalition Avenir Québec leader Francois Legault said Thursday at the National Assembly that Parti Québécois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau is an impediment to the possible return of an NHL franchise to Quebec city.
Legault was initially being questioned by reporters about the possible return of the Montreal Expos Major League Baseball franchise, given that Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre was meeting in New York Thursday to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
But talk eventually turned to the possible return of the Quebec Nordiques to Quebec city.
Peladeau is still the majority shareholder of Quebecor, the company that has built the new Videotron Centre in Quebec City in hope of attracting an NHL franchise.
"Everyone wants a team, but unfortunately Mr. Péladeau was in a difficult position for having a team, and I think there are lessons to be learned there," Legault said.
Legault went on to say that owners of other NHL teams have a veto on new franchises, and that it would be difficult for Quebecor to attract a team in the future because of Péladeau.
"The fact that Mr. Péladeau is a separatist...we know very well whether it's the owners of the team in Toronto or the owners of the Canadiens, they're not separatists and they don't want Quebec to separate," Legault said before walking away from reporters.
He talked about a deal Quebecor struck with the NHL before he entered politics.
"Just before I left, we reached a deal with the NHL on broadcast rights in Quebec. That demonstrates the relationship is more solid than it was before, and I have string hopes there will be a professional hockey team in Quebec," Péladeau said.