High-speed rail trumps NHL hockey in Quebec City: Ignatieff

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MONTREAL - If you want to see another NHL game in Quebec City, you'll have to get there via high-speed train.

At least that's the deal if the Liberals were in power.

Leader Michael Ignatieff says he hopes for the return of the Quebec Nordiques, but his funding priority would be the often-discussed and never-built high speed rail link from Quebec City to Windsor.

The popular idea of bringing the Nords back to the provincial capital arose when the city's incumbent mayor began campaigning on a promise to build a modern arena that could attract an NHL team.

Regis Labeaume, who is in the midst of a municipal election, has unveiled an ambitious plan to build a $400 million arena.

But he wants Ottawa and Quebec to kick in $175 million each while the city covers only the remaining $50 million price tag for the 18,000 seat stadium.

Ignatieff says quality transport infrastructure should come first.

"You have to do one thing at a time in my opinon," Igantieff said.

"But I'd really like there to be a hockey team in Quebec City. That's for sure."

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