Quebec getting a NHL team?
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07-20-2006, 03:39 PM
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SOLR has such rose colored glasses on he cannot see the fact that Quebec is a second or even third tier city in Canada and North America. He uses the 2001 census data in an early post but when I use it he says it is bogus. Do you think a bunch of retired civil servants with a 45,000$ or less pension are going to be buying season tickets? Dream on. Also the immigrants that we are getting in Quebec these days are as mentioned, french africans (not exactly hockey fans), Arabs (again not hockey fans), South Americans (nope no hockey here) and some euros which might be hockey fans.
While a team in Quebec might work and it would be interesting to see the rivalry again, it won't be anytime soon.
Found some more info
News release 03-02
Calgary Leads all Cities in Economic Growth in 2003
OTTAWA, January 14, 2003 – Three western cities, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Edmonton, will lead Canadian cities in economic growth in 2003, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s Metro Outlook-Winter 2003.
Calgary is forecast to post growth of 4.9 per cent in real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2003, and it will also lead all cities over the 2004-2007 period, with growth averaging 3.3 per cent per year. The expected growth in Calgary over the next few years is relatively strong, since its economy is already running at full employment.
"After recording its lowest rate of increase in real GDP in four years in 2002, Calgary will bounce back and be the national leader in real GDP growth in 2003 and over the medium term," said Mario Lefebvre, Associate Director, Metropolitan Outlook.
"Sizeable investments are scheduled for the province’s energy sector and Calgary will likely be a major beneficiary because of its downtown core’s link to the oil and gas sector. This is consistent with a growing sense that the Kyoto Protocol might not have a material effect on the energy sector, at least over the short term."
Saskatoon’s economy will continue to recover from its contraction in 2001, culminating in four per cent growth in 2003. In 2002, the housing industry had its best year since 1987, while employment and retail sales gains were strong.
Strong consumer spending and record-breaking housing starts led to sound economic growth in Edmonton in 2002 and this trend will continue well into 2003, as growth is forecast to reach 3.8 per cent. The city of Edmonton is forecast to average three per cent growth annually from 2004 to 2007.
St. Catharines is forecast to lead all Ontario cities in 2003, with real GDP growth expected to come in at 3.8 per cent. Toronto’s economy is forecast to post 3.7 per cent growth, while growth in London should reach 3.6 per cent.
Sherbrooke and Trois Rivieres will post growth rates of 3.5 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively, while Regina, Vancouver, and Winnipeg are all forecast to attain growth of about three per cent. Halifax, Ottawa, and Montreal are forecast to achieve growth of 2.9 per cent in 2003, followed closely by Sudbury and Quebec City at 2.7 per cent, and Thunder Bay at 2.5 per cent. Further reduction in public sector employment in Victoria is expected to limit the city’s overall real GDP growth to 1.4 per cent in 2003.
The Metropolitan Outlook, produced three times a year, provides economic insights into 25 census metropolitan areas, their related province and Canada.
Looking at these even more recent numbers, Quebec city is far down in economic growth, even lower then Winnipeg.
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