Gatineau arena plan dead leaving QMJHL's Olympiques in tough spot
City council votes against new arena plan as mayor promotes demolition of Robert Guertin Centre
The plan to build a new multi-use hockey arena in Gatineau is dead after city council voted strongly against it on Tuesday.
The project, which had an estimated cost of $75 million, was struck down by a 15-3 vote.
Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said the plan to build a new home for the Gatineau Olympiques hockey team was not a priority for taxpayer money.
On Tuesday, Pedneaud-Jobin also instructed city council to vote for the building's demolition in 2018, which would force the Olympiques to find a new home on its own.
Olympiques management has said, over the past eight years, it believed the city's arena project was moving ahead.
In 2011, the city dropped plans to build a brand new arena in its downtown core.