Liberals say talk of provincial stake in a Montreal stadium project is premature

MONTREAL — The Quebec government says it’s a little premature to be talking about what type of role the province might play in the construction of any new baseball stadium in Montreal.

Economy Minister Jacques Daoust was treading cautiously one day after a meeting between Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre in New York City.

Daoust says while news of Coderre’s meeting was positive, the return of professional baseball to the city will require time to evolve.

While Daoust says he could see Major League Baseball returning to Montreal, he is not committing in times of budget cuts to any hard numbers with regard to Quebec investment.

The minister says the government would be a partner in any such project and not a provider of cash.

Manfred has previously said a proper baseball stadium is one of the criteria Montreal would have to meet to get a franchise.

For his part, Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters in Rome today no public money is earmarked for a stadium right now.

The Canadian Press

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