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New roof or demolition? The Big O debate continues IG News


A day after Quebec announced plans to spend $870 million on a new roof and technical ring at the Olympic Stadium, there was still plenty of backlash.

Many approve of the decision to renovate.

“They decide to make a decision and I have to thank you for that. You need some courage to do that,” PQ MNA Pascal Bérubé said on Tuesday.

“It’s still a symbol of Montreal and Quebec, so I think it’s the least bad decision that’s been made,” said Quebec Solidaire co-spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

Not everyone is happy with the project.

“The moment they start justifying it with economic reasons and that it’s a good business decision, it just highlights why this thing is called the Big O and not as a token of affection,” said Moshe Lander, an economics professor at Concordia University.

“It’s a joke and they’re just playing into the joke.”

The province has said there are economic benefits to doing the work, but Lander doesn’t believe that. He said the stadium will not have a full-time tenant like a sports team.

“The minute they put in one dollar, it’s show over because there’s no way Montreal could have two 50,000-seat stadiums 10 kilometers apart in the Peel Basin and out there and try to keep them both. ,” Lander said.

The East End Chamber of Commerce says the Big O’s roof has hurt economic development.

“No promoter would be interested in coming when we tell them that in five days, if three inches of snow falls, we’re going to cancel your events,” said Jean-Denis Charest, president of the East End Chamber. shops.

Lander said Quebec should demolish the stadium and fill the site with housing. Officials say the demolition would be a delicate process as there is an underground tunnel under the stadium. It would also cost $2 billion.

“The thing that they say hinders the ability to tear down the stadium could actually be the main attraction, which is having a subway station there,” Lander said.

“Imagine being able to put 5,000 housing units on that space and connect it to the subway.”

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