Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Says Ottawa Would Have to Cover Majority of Francophonie Games Cost

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Says Ottawa Would Have to Cover Majority of Francophonie Games Cost

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Quebec wants Ottawa to pick up Franco Games tab

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QUEBEC - The Quebec government says Ottawa would have to pay the majority of the bill if the 2021 Francophonie Games are to be staged in the province.

Nadine Girault, Quebec's minister of international relations and la Francophonie, said Wednesday her government is prepared to contribute $17 million to an effort to hold the Games in Sherbrooke, Que.

On Monday, Sherbrooke city council agreed to revive its bid for the Games after ballooning costs prompted New Brunswick to abandon the event last month. But Sherbrooke said it would cap its contribution at $5.5 million.

With a total cost estimated at more than $80 million, that would leave a roughly $57.5-million shortfall for the federal government to make up. …

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