Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau yesterday said he would not
support a taxpayer-funded bailout of the Nordiques.  Parizeau
told the Quebec National Assembly that he would like to keep the
team in the province's capital city, "but has no intentions of
handing out millions of taxpayers' dollars."  Parizeau:  "The
hockey industry, if I can call it that, has been terribly managed
over the last few years.  Players salary increases, along with
other expenses are so rampant that for seven or eight teams, and
maybe as many as 10 or 12, you have to wonder what their chances
are of succeeding in relatively small markets" (Rheal Seguin,
Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/7).  Nordiques Owner Marcel Aubut wants
government help to finance a new C$125M arena and to pay the
team's annual deficits (estimated at C$10M this year) until the
facility is completed.  Aubut has given the government a May
deadline.  Parizeau says he will announce his government
intentions within a month, with a lottery as a possible revenue-
maker.  Parizeau, interviewed on a pre-game hockey talk show,
said the government "would consider pumping some money into the
team if private interests were also investing" (Andy Riga,
Montreal GAZETTE, 4/7).
     VOTE DELAYED: Parizeau has confirmed that he will not put
Quebec separation on the ballot this spring.  Support for
separation from Canada "seldom tops" 45% in polls (Charles
Trueheart, WASHINGTON POST, 4/7).  Many believe a vote for
secession could damage both the bid for a new arena and Quebec
City's chances for landing the 2002 Games.
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