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LITTLE SUPPORT SHOWN FOR KEEPING NORDS
Published May 18, 1995
Nordiques fans "expressed disappointment" yesterday at Co- Owner Marcel Aubut's rejection of the government's offer to save the franchise, according to Rheal Seguin of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. "But the vast majority of supporters refused to take to the streets just yet, preferring instead to watch from the sidelines the outcome of a face-to-face confrontation that will likely take place between Aubut and Premier Jacques Parizeau." Only 200-250 fans participated in a demonstration yesterday before the National Assembly in Quebec City. A "handful" of taxi drivers honked their horns and people carried hockey sticks and placards in support of the team. The demonstrators also carried a petition signed by more than 75,000, urging the government to keep the team from moving to the U.S. (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/18). PUBLIC CHOICES: Nordiques fans "ran up against" another group of demonstrators protesting the government's decision to shut-down seven Montreal hospitals. According to Seguin, the two demonstrations "symbolized the divisions expressed by many Quebecers. On the one hand many support the government's offer to the Nordiques but draw the line by insisting that public money should not be doled out at the expense of further cutbacks" in health care and other government programs (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/18). In Quebec City, LE SOLEIL columnist Jean-Guy Lemieux argues that subsidizing a team is as valid as funding museums and theaters, and says losing the Nordiques would be a "national catastrophe" for a society which considers Patrick Roy to be their Luciano Pavarotti (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/18).