The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has paid for a presence on a huge billboard in Florida to oppose any public investment in the plan to return baseball to Montreal.
The organization has decided to show itself near Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The team is exploring the possibility of spending half its season in Montreal in the medium term, because its activities in Florida are not profitable.
“Dear Rays, Montreal will not pay for its new stadium,” reads the ad, which opened Monday morning. It is an electronic panel in which several rotating messages appear.
“The Rays are welcome if they want to come play in Montreal, but Quebec taxpayers will not pay for their new stadium,” Renaud Brossard, spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said in a press release. “Quebec’s economic recovery remains fragile, our healthcare system is in trouble, and we remain the most taxed jurisdiction in North America. ”
The launch of the ad was covered by local media. the Tampa bay times he called the poster a “tough message against the Rays.”
“Gone are the days when taxpayers paid for sports arenas, but we are keeping an open mind for more information from the Rays,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in a statement broadcast by the newspaper. “We definitely want to keep the team in the region. ”
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