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Quebecers ready to spend taxes on transit, but not pro sports: poll

Quebecers ready to spend taxes on transit, but not pro sports: poll
Quebecers ready to spend taxes on transit, but not pro sports: poll

Published on: April 21, 2017 | Last Updated: April 21, 2017 8:08 AM EDT

Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette files

Montrealers may welcome a return of a major league baseball team to their city. But a survey conducted by the CROP polling firm for La Presse suggests most of them don’t want to see their tax dollars pay for it.

The survey, published Friday, found that 62 per cent of Montreal respondents were not in favour of public money being spent to build a downtown venue for a baseball team, a coolness toward public funds for private sports franchise echoed by residents of Quebec City, 58 per cent of whom oppose tax money being spent to bring an NHL franchise to their city.

Respondents were even less enthused by tax money being provided for Bombardier, only 37 per cent saying they approved of the idea. However, 58 per cent replied they were in favour of public funds being spent on industrial development in the province’s regions.

The survey found there was across-the-board approval for public funds being spent to expand public transportation, projects such as the proposed electric train linking the South Shore and Montreal, a tunnel linking Quebec City and Levis and grants promoting electric car use among the preferred projects. 

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