The recent relaxations announced by the Legault government are not close to satisfying the Montreal Canadiens.
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In an interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie on Wednesday, France Margaret Bélanger agreed to comment on the issue of spectator capacity, which we want to limit to 500 people at the Bell Center.
“It is certain that there is disappointment, but we cannot do otherwise. We are aware of the situation. People’s health and solidarity, we have understood all that for 22 months and we are very careful about that. That being said, it’s hard to explain that we can accommodate 500 people in a room with 1,000 seats and that at the Bell Center it’s 500 people for 21,000 seats. The Bell Center is two million square feet. We would have liked more capacity and we hope that it will come quickly.
The president of “Sports and entertainment” of Groupe CH maintains that a major argument in favor of the Canadian still remains unanswered by the government.
“Since we resumed our activities on January 3, 2021, we have never had an outbreak. Despite the hundreds of thousands of people who were at the Bell Centre, because there were a lot of people who came to see us in the playoffs and in the last few months. It’s a source of pride for us and we want to maintain that. We explain how we see things and they make the decisions.”
France Margaret Bélanger also spoke about the recent appointment of Kent Hughes as general manager of the Montreal team.
“It’s a lot of changes. Marc had been here since 2012, but we have to look to the future. I think we have two very good heads in hockey right now and I think that’s going to take us somewhere else. I’m not involved in hockey decisions, but I watch it.”
Regarding the fact that more and more women occupy important roles in the world of hockey, the Quebecer feels encouraged by this change and believes that the best is yet to come.
“I know Emilie Castonguay a little and I wanted to congratulate her on her position. I think it’s a trend that’s here to stay and it’s amazing. Geoff Molson talked about diversity and I think that’s something that Kent Hughes understands very well. I certainly think that we will have diversity in terms of Canadian hockey operations. I can’t tell you when, but I believe it’s coming.”
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