"Fixing up the old building will require $14 million annually." Sohi
"This is not about Edmonton alone, it's about northern Alberta." Sohi
Councillor says this issue reminds her of the airport debate. She says what she heard yesterday was a consensus for a new downtown arena. .
"There will be no increase to taxes as a result of this piece of infrastructure." Councillor Leibovici
"Do we need an arena? Yes. Do we need to change what we have? Yes." Leibovici
"We do have a downtown that needs a bit of a lift." Leibovici
Councillor Gibbons says a great city has to have a great downtown. He says public investments grow economies. .
Councillor Batty applauds Daryl Katz for his vision. .
"With this arena going forward, we're going to show once again that we DO deserve to be the capital city." Councillor Batty.
Mayor Mandel getting in last word. Says today is about making a decision for downtown. .
"To be honest with you, we'll never make a perfect deal. We'll never make everyone happy." Mayor Mandel
"This particular project will build a better city, and I think to say that it won't is a big mistake." Mandel
"The Oilers will be here for 35 years, and we will have a great owner." Mandel
"I am very pleased that most of my council colleagues are going to support this." Mandel
Mandel calling for a vote.