Duhaime asks L.A. Kings to rethink $7-million subsidy for exhibition games in Quebec

The Quebec Conservative leader argues that giving up the public funding will allow Quebecers to “focus on the game rather than the politics.”

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Quebec Conservative Leader Éric Duhaime, saying he hoped the L.A. Kings would have “the decency to do the right thing” since the Legault government will not, has written to the NHL franchise asking them to renounce the $5 million to $7 million in provincial government funding the team will receive for playing exhibition games in Quebec City in October.

In a post on X Monday afternoon, Duhaime said he had written to L.A. Kings president Luc Robitaille in an effort to convince the team to play their games without the use of any public funds, as they will be doing in Salt Lake City.

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Duhaime said news of the agreement with Salt Lake City, first reported by La Presse, would likely spark “a wave of indignation across Quebec,” given the state of the province’s finances.

“One out of 10 Quebecers went to a food bank to feed their family over the course of last year,” wrote Duhaime. “One homeowner out of four wonders how they will renew their mortgage and fears they will lose their home because of the increase in interest rates.

“Given the circumstances, you will understand that the decision to give public money to your team is not being well received by the public.”

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Describing the L.A. Kings as a billion-dollar operation “where the $5 million to $7 million from the Quebec government will represent a small part of revenue,” Duhaime argues that giving up the public funding will allow Quebecers to “focus on the game rather than the politics.”

Duhaime said the decision by the Legault government to fund the visit by the L.A. Kings has become “a symbol of the poor management of public money that threatens to stain your brand and uselessly drag you into debates with which you do not have to be associated.”

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