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Request compensation |  François Legault worried about losing the Grand Prix

Request compensation | François Legault worried about losing the Grand Prix

Le gouvernement Legault n’a pas encore décidé s’il accédera à la demande de compensation supplémentaire de six millions de dollars de la F1 si le Grand Prix du Canada se tient à huis clos. Mais il avoue être inquiet du scénario où Montréal perdrait à jamais son Grand Prix, même si les gouvernements ont une entente avec la F1 pour présenter la course à Montréal jusqu’en 2029.

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« On [la F1] Prime Minister Francois Legault on Wednesday said in a press briefing that he is telling us because there are no bystanders, it will take monetary compensation from the government when we have already given too much. The concern we have is that if we don’t have the Grand Prix in 2021, what happens to the 2022-29 agreement because we do not forget that the Grand Prix is ​​the event that has the most realistic economic benefits, because it is the money that is spent in Quebec from abroad. We always make sure that the assistance provided is less than the true economic benefits of Quebec. This is all that has been discussed. There is no conclusion yet. ”

Ottawa, Quebec and Montreal pay F1 (Liberty Media) $ 18.7 million for the right to submit the race. This year, if the race scheduled for June 13 is presented behind closed doors, F1 is asking the three levels of government for an additional six million financial compensation to pay for the expenses of organizing the local promoter event, Racing Group. Octane. The local promoter will not be able to count on his usual income on the site (ex: tickets, drinks, and food). F1 gave governments until last Monday to decide, otherwise the race might be held this year in Turkey.

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F1 is also waiting for a response from Ottawa and Quebec in terms of health. Quebec gave its first response on Wednesday at noon: Public Health believes it is possible to hold the Grand Prix behind closed doors. The National Director of Public Health, Dr.s Horacio Arruda, at point press.

The thorny health issue, the quarantine period for 1,600 people who will arrive from abroad to attend the Grand Prix (ex: drivers, team, F1 employees) has not been resolved. Federal health authorities will make this decision. F1 requires low quarantine with bubble concept due to a race in Baku in Azerbaijan (June 6) seven days before the Canadian Grand Prix (June 11-13). Health authorities in Quebec are currently discussing the federal health authorities about this. Dr. said. “There will be assessments that will be made to analyze the risks.”s Horacio Arruda.

In a normal year with spectators, the Canadian Grand Prix generates $ 8.1 million in tax benefits per year for Ottawa and Quebec, and economic benefits of $ 42.4 million for Quebec, according to the calculation method used by the Quebec Ministry of Tourism. About 52% of the tourists who come to attend the Grand Prix are from outside Quebec. These numbers are for the 2015 Grand Prix Edition (it has not been publicly updated since).