Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada whether the majority of voters like it or not. Harper is an avid hockey fan, he’s been telling people that he’s been working on a new bible hockey book for years. Like so many other losers, Harper’s favourite hockey team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. With all of this so-called love for hockey, you’d think that this dipshit would be willing to throw his political weight behind the cause of bringing more NHL teams to Canada.
He’s not willing do any such thing. The first questions Stephen Harper faced at news conference in Quebec’s Beauce region were not political in nature, they were about the prospect of returning the Nordiques to Quebec. Harper admitted that he’d like to see more hockey teams in Canada, and that cities like Quebec, Winnipeg, and even (fuck off) Hamilton could most certainly support an NHL franchise but also mentioned that he doesn’t want anything to do with that debate.
There’s a couple of ways to look at this. You could acknowledge that government has no business interfering with the business of sports. Many people feel, myself included, that it has been a waste of money and energy for Congress to investigate steroid use in baseball when all we really need is some clever prick meticulously leaking names of cheaters to media outlets. On the contrary, you could consider that invigorating the professional sports presence of your country is in the best interest of the public and the economy.
The financial status of several southern NHL clubs and television ratings can tell you that hockey needs Canada. It’s up to the people to decide whether or not Canada needs more hockey.