In arena talks, Calgary Flames owners spectacularly misread the shot

Calgarians are self-confident enough not to worry that the NHL would abandon them. And unlike Edmonton, the city doesn’t need an arena to revitalize its downtown core

Breaking away

Breaking away from the Parti Québécois

What the resignations of four high-profile members of the Parti Québécois—over a hockey arena, no less—says about the sovereignist movement

The ego behind the exits

The ego behind the exits at the PQ

Paul Wells on how Jacques Parizeau lives to undermine leaders who don’t share his reckless passion for sovereignty


Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois have a very bad day

It’s hard to feel much sympathy for PQ leader Pauline Marois. It was an absolutely terrible idea for the PQ to support bill 204, which would immunize Quebecor’s arena rental deal with Quebec City from being tested before the province’s courts. It was an even worse idea for her to be petty and belligerent about it. The word ‘comeuppance’ keeps coming to mind.


Hey Quebec City, ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Winnipegers have a mighty comedown ahead of them when they finally see what the Thrashers look like on the ice, but kudos to them for having seemingly landed a reincarnation of the Jets without making fools of themselves in the process. Because that’s an apparently rare way to go about dealing with the NHL. In Quebec City, for instance, the Nordiques saga has officially crossed over to the surreal.

The most expensive game on earth

When it comes to extracting money from local governments, the NHL has it down to a science

Coyne v. Wells on the Conservatives’ “in-and-out” campaign scandal

Plus: the Tories’ decision not to fund Quebec City’s new hockey arena


That’s a no, sort of

Transport Minister Chuck Strahl dismisses any use of gas tax revenues to fund an arena in Quebec City.


Someone call Larry Bertuzzi to sort this out

The Conservatives may or may not allow gas tax revenues to be used to build a hockey arena in Quebec City, but the mayor of Quebec City isn’t open to using the city’s gas tax funding to build that arena and he and Quebec Premier Jean Charest are now ready to go ahead without the federal government’s involvement. Regardless, the mayor of Edmonton is upset, the city of St. Catharines is interested and the city of Regina is befuddled.


How to fund an arena for a hypothetical NHL team without really doing so

Greg Weston previews the government’s next move.


‘We don’t want people building a building on our account’

Speaking over the weekend in Carolina, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the question of a team for Quebec City.


‘The door is not closed from the federal government’

The government decides it’s not quite ready to decide on the most important public policy question of our time.