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Gatineau arena plan dead leaving QMJHL's Olympiques in tough spot

06/02/2015 04:11 EDT | Updated 06/02/2016 05:59 EDT
The plan to build a new multi-use hockey arena in Gatineau is dead after city council voted strongly against it on Tuesday.

The project, which had an estimated cost of $75 million, was struck down by a 15-3 vote.

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said the plan to build a new home for the Gatineau Olympiques hockey team was not a priority for taxpayer money.

The Olympiques, who play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, have played in front of fans at the Robert Guertin Centre for more than half a century. The building was also recently renovated to meet league standards for the number of seats.

On Tuesday, Pedneaud-Jobin also instructed city council to vote for the building's demolition in 2018, which would force the Olympiques to find a new home on its own.

Olympiques management has said, over the past eight years, it believed the city's arena project was moving ahead.

In 2011, the city dropped plans to build a brand new arena in its downtown core.

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