Valérie Plante will not spend public money on a new baseball stadium

Montreal - September 27th, 2017

In brief

Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and aspiring mayor of Montreal, pledges not to spend Montreal taxpayers' money on the construction of a new major baseball stadium without their consent. She made the commitment a few days after the last city council session, during which Denis Coderre once again refused to confirm the amount he was willing to spend on a new baseball stadium when he was asked. While US cities have invested up to $500 million to host a new stadium, Projet Montréal believes that such a decision cannot be made without the consent of Montrealers.

Highlights

• According to the current model of the Major League Baseball, a study by Ernst & Young concludes that public money has to be spent on a new stadium if Montreal wants a team.
• Arlington spent $500 million US of public money on a stadium valued at $1 billion. Atlanta has spent $400 million of public money on a stadium valued at $722 million. San Diego spent $303 million worth of public money on a stadium valued at $449 million.
• In January, the City of Saint-Louis refused to invest public money in the construction of a soccer stadium because this investment would have been financially irresponsible for the city. The cities of Calgary and Seattle have come to the same conclusion in similar cases.
• Las Vegas, Nevada and Regina, Saskatchewan had to raise their taxes to build a professional sports stadium.

Quotes

"For years, Montrealers have been kept away from the process of bringing back a major baseball team to Montreal. We are not against the return of a baseball team in Montreal, on the contrary. But we are against the waste of public funds and opacity that characterize Denis Coderre, who seems ready to sign a blank check with taxpayers' money without their consent." - Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and aspiring Mayor of Montreal

"Once again before City Council on Monday, Denis Coderre refused to say how much money he is ready to invest for the construction of a new baseball stadium. Yet the project is more and more real. Unlike the outgoing administration, we are not prepared to sign a blank check to Major League Baseball with the money of Montrealers without consultation. - Éric Alan Caldwell, candidate in Hochelaga and Projet Montréal spokesperson for major sporting events

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