"It shouldn't be about making sure the Oilers survive in Edmonton, it's about making sure they thrive." speaker Ron Gilbertson.
Occupy Edmonton is currently interrupting the meeting.
Protesters chanting "separate oil from state" and "Mayor Mandel serves the 1%."
Occupy Edmonton members have now been escorted out of the meeting.
"If we don't have an NHL franchise, we will be far less competitive than cities like Calgary or Vancouver." speaker Henry Yip.
"On projects like this, there is no perfect deal." Bob Walker, works in the construction business with Ledcor.
"There will be an arena done one day, it will look identical to the facility you're looking at now, it will just cost you more." Walker.
Walker points out that closing Rexall to renovate would cost in lost revenue.
Walker worked on the art gallery, the EPCOR tower.
"I'm worried that the tax payers will be kicking in more money because the project may go over budget." speaker Tony Sneep.
Council taking questions.
"This is a democracy." Councillor Kim Krushell.
"Without projects like this, we will struggle to attract young, intelligent professionals to the city." Ryan Weeks in response to Kim Krushell.
"Most people don't understand the CRL. It's the increase of the assessment land within the quarters." Jim Taylor of the downtown business association.
Councillor Don Iveson to Bob Walker "You said it would be $450 million for a damn good arena. Can you give me a price for an adequate arena?"