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FATE OF NORDIQUES COULD WAIT UNTIL AFTER PLAYOFFS
Published May 16, 1995
A decision by Nordiques ownership on whether to accept the provincial government's offer of financial aid for the team "could be postponed" until after the Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to Curtis Eichelberger of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. Even if the decision is delayed, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau "still would unveil the government's offer" when parliament reconvenes today. And, according to provincial officials, the government "needs the team's answer soon" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 5/15). In Vancouver, Mike Beamish writes on the stakes for Parizeau: "But the premier of a debt-ridden province forced to close hospitals and schools is sure to feel another backlash -- if tax dollars are used for a 20,000-seat arena with luxury skyboxes in an NHL city with the smallest population and corporate base" (VANCOUVER SUN, 5/16).