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09-16-2010, 04:02 PM
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Geoff Molson: "We are in the hockey business and not into politics."

http://sports.sympatico.cbc.ca/news/...s_pmo/e5d807cb

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Habs owner Geoff Molson also commented on the allegations, defending his team on Thursday against accusations the team serves the federalist cause.

Molson said he didn't really want to respond to the political tempest, but he was quick to dismiss its contents.

"We are in the hockey business and not into politics," Molson said in Montreal. "I can tell you we don't talk about politics in the dressing room."

The hockey club has more French-speaking players than any other team in the NHL, with 11 at training camp, said Dominick Saillant, a spokesman for the Habs.

Talent, not language gets players like Maxim Lapierre, Mathieu Darche and Benoît Pouliot on the ice, he added.
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Marois told reporters Wednesday that the hockey team does not reflect the reality in the province, and the lack of a Quebec identity on the Habs ends up serving the federalist cause.

"[This team is] a symbol of our pride to succeed in this sport, and I think the Quebecers would like to have more francophones in this team," Marois said, while denying that she believes that the lack of French-speaking players is a federal conspiracy.

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09-16-2010, 04:06 PM
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****in rights.

Haha, beat you overlord.

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09-16-2010, 04:13 PM
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What are the PQ talking about? It's not like this is a new phenomenon.

See: Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Ken Dryden and Howie Morenz who by the way was born in Mitchell, Ontario.

Sure, there was a time when the percentage of Quebecers was higher but still this is totally irrelevant nonsense!

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Politicians should never talk about hockey unless it's related to finances.

This ''conspiracy'' theory is completely ridiculous. How moronic.

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Expected soon:

"We are in the hockey business and not into politics."

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Obviously the PQ is pandering to the "Quebecker Nation" mentality.

It's a shame because it sullies the name of the CH, which is a symbol of pride just like FC Barcelona is to the Catalan people, and places even more pressure from the franco-seperatist media.

Leave politics and ******** out of hockey. If anything we should lobby to have a higher cap due to the high taxes here. The owners would spend more but if we could get high-end players like Lecavalier, St-Louis, Gagne, Briere, Giguere, etc. I doubt they'd mind

For the record: Montreal is just as English as it is French, some would argue it has a far richer English history than French.

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I go to hockey to get AWAY from politics

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****in rights.

Haha, beat you overlord.
after a certain point, even I get tired of repeating myself

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It will be interesting to see what rules the Quebec Nordiques will have if they ever come to fruition, especially if the Quebec government pays for half of the arena.

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What he should have said was
"We are in the hockey business"


"And Curzi, Business is a boomin' "

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I can't stand politicians using the habs as a means to get their propaganda across. The habs transcend language, when will people learn that? Whether you're an anglo or a franco, when we're all at a bar screaming our lungs out when a hab, any hab, scores that overtime goal, that's what it's about.

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What he should have said was
"We are in the hockey business"


"And Curzi, Business is a boomin' "


" Each and every player under my command owes me a Stanley cup, and I WANT my Stanley cup "

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Commission Bastarache : not a single word about it from PQ
All that is happening with the FTQ and construction workers : they're kissing FTQ ass
Habs doesnt have as many frenchies as they think they should : both Curzi and Marois whine about it...

priorities maybe...

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ITT: Let's bash french people, the PQ, the BQ, québec city for asking for subventions for the olympics/nordiques, independentists and the 101 law.

It's cool because the thread hasn't been locked yet.

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Unfortunately for people like me and others who are more sensitive to the local factor, it is overshadowed by stupidities and nonsense spewed by Curzi, Marois and Co.....

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ITT: Let's bash french people, the PQ, the BQ, québec city for asking for subventions for the olympics/nordiques, independentists and the 101 law.

It's cool because the thread hasn't been locked yet.
Yah so instead let's make these people make false claims about our team/organization for the sake of propoganda because clearly it makes more sense.

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ITT: Let's bash french people, the PQ, the BQ, québec city for asking for subventions for the olympics/nordiques, independentists and the 101 law.

It's cool because the thread hasn't been locked yet.
Honestly, I'd like to know your honest opinion. Do you think that policitians should be commenting on the make-up of a professional hockey team? Do you feel this is intelligent in terms of priorities? Do you feel this is an appropriate way for public officials to spend their time?

I would LOVE if we lived in a country that was SO WELL RUN and SO WELL OFF that all politicans had to talk about was sports. Honestly, it'd be utopia!

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ITT: Let's bash french people, the PQ, the BQ, québec city for asking for subventions for the olympics/nordiques, independentists and the 101 law.

It's cool because the thread hasn't been locked yet.
victimize yourself more please.

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Unfortunately for people like me and others who are more sensitive to the local factor, it is overshadowed by stupidities and nonsense spewed by Curzi, Marois and Co.....
Thank god some poeple, who are more sensitive, as you say, to the issue can see through this sensational BS

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Honestly, I'd like to know your honest opinion. Do you think that policitians should be commenting on the make-up of a professional hockey team? Do you feel this is intelligent in terms of priorities? Do you feel this is an appropriate way for public officials to spend their time?

I would LOVE if we lived in a country that was SO WELL RUN and SO WELL OFF that all politicans had to talk about was sports. Honestly, it'd be utopia!
To answer your question, yes it's obviously a smart move to make if your a politician in Quebec. Play the francophone factor and gain the interest among the general public. Sure, the majority of the anglo-community will roll their eyes and the Gazette will publish articles that bash the PQ. However, the vast majority if the Francophone community will applaud this move and will gain her and the PQ more votes. What do you think Charest is doing with the arena plan in Quebec City?

It's the kind of tactics that most will consider cheap, but affective. Only problem is, most sports fans want politicians to stay away from sports altogether.

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Molsons should relply,

Sure as long as Marios gives birth to the next lafleur, Richard, Beliveau im all for having francophones.


On side note, not even francophones want to play in this city cause of people like her. Check Briere and Lecav

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However, the vast majority if the Francophone community will applaud this move and will gain her and the PQ more votes.
I dunno man, frankly I don't think people are this stupid anymore.

Sure the radicals will applaud, but they'll applaud anything that comes out of her mouth, even if it's as retarded as there are not enough francophone representation in outer space.

If anything, I think such baseless uninformed comments like this are serving the federal cause and digging the PQ in a deeper hole. The people that they are trying to reach out to are the ones smart enough to have stopped voting for them... and they are certainly just rolling their eyes once again.

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To answer your question, yes it's obviously a smart move to make if your a politician in Quebec. Play the francophone factor and gain the interest among the general public. Sure, the majority of the anglo-community will roll their eyes and the Gazette will publish articles that bash the PQ. However, the vast majority if the Francophone community will applaud this move and will gain her and the PQ more votes. What do you think Charest is doing with the arena plan in Quebec City?

It's the kind of tactics that most will consider cheap, but affective. Only problem is, most sports fans want politicians to stay away from sports altogether.
My questions was not if this is a smart move by the PQ to please the masses...

I asked if this is this is appropriate in terms of priorities. Do you not agree that politicians should ideally have more important things to discuss? I suppose at this point I shouldn't be surprised to see pandering, but still...

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The PQ is only trying to get the vote from the ADQ, trying to play the identity factor while throwing popular non-issues. I was a lot into politics while younger but now partisanship is killing it for me. Even as a "Pure et dure" I would not vote again for the PQ and Pauline.

This issues is really ridiculous and the french factor in the Habs as nothing to do with politics and it's all business. The habs in a independant country will not have more Quebecers, they're there to ice the best posible team. Their's so many beautiful thing to say about independance and the habs is not one of them. Marois is populist and of "mauvaise foi", we can all agree that those are not great qualities for posible nation leader.

I miss the time when we had some great leaders, real statesman on every side of the political spectrum

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My questions was not if this is a smart move by the PQ to please the masses...

I asked if this is this is appropriate in terms of priorities. Do you not agree that politicians should ideally have more important things to discuss? I suppose at this point I shouldn't be surprised to see pandering, but still...
This is it right here
Perhaps focusing on the economy or deteriorating health-care may take precedence over hockey?
Ya think!

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