The Quebec government is expected to announce tomorrow that
it become a minority shareholder in the Nordiques, "picking up
the team's deficit for the next two years to see if it is
feasible to keep the team in Quebec," according to the Toronto
GLOBE & MAIL.  Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau said Friday that
the government would not object to covering C$7M of the team's
expected C$10M in losses over the next two years "because it
would enable the government to determine whether the Nordiques
could survive if the government built them a new $120 million
sports complex to replace the aging Colisee."  Nordiques Owner
Marcel Aubut has rejected any notion of the government acquiring
an interest (Richard Mackie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/6).
     PROVINCIAL INTRIGUE:  Parizeau's proposal "has put Aubut on
the defensive," according to the TORONTO STAR's Robert McKenzie.
While Aubut has set a May 15 deadline, Quebec officials are
eyeing June 16, the day when the host of the 2002 Winter Games is
announced.  Should Quebec win the bid, the government would have
an "iron-clad pretext" to build a new arena (TORONTO STAR, 5/6).
Also in Toronto, Stephen Brunt writes the Jets' departure make
the Nordiques' position "just a little bit stronger.  If one team
can move, any team can move" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/6).
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