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DEAL BETWEEN CITY OF WINNIPEG AND MEC ALMOST DONE
Published October 3, 1994
Winnipeg Mayor Susan Thompson and the city's executive policy committee met privately Friday morning with Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC) members. Thompson said in an interview later that MEC will control the design and marketing of any new arena in Winnipeg, despite a public meeting scheduled at city hall this Friday to hear all proposals. Thompson: "It's the [MEC] who have the option (to buy the private held shares of the Winnipeg Jets). They have stuck their neck out. They have put their money out. They can do the marketing." The city council ordered the public meeting after MEC supporters on the council failed to "muster a majority to support a motion to guarantee" C$3.7M in funding for the group of 44 business people to design and market a new arena. Thompson said the private meeting with MEC was to debate the process for the hearings and to discuss MEC's "increasingly tight marketing schedule." Dissident councillors say next week's meeting is a "stalling tactic while MEC supporters look for more votes on council" (Stevens Wild, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/1).