In today's Globe and Mail separatist Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois is quote as having said :"The Montreal Canadiens is more than just a professional hockey team, it is part of the social and cultural fibre of the Quebec nation."
Coming from a woman who made a vicious attack on long time Habs captain Saku Koivu for not speaking French in his two line introduction on the jumbo-tron, her bid to convince La Caisse de Dépôt to purchase the team seems to be based on the fact that the team was a profitable investment for the current ownership.
If the Canadiens were bought by the province's pension fund, as Marois is trying to assure, would she then change the name because it doesn't sound separatist enough? or because it has federalist connotations? Or would she find a way to lobby the new ownership to try and stop drafting Europeans and English speaking people? Or force all them to take french courses?
I'm not sure, but I just don't like it when someone who vehemently opposes anything Canadian wants to buy something that so clearly represents a piece of Canada's heritage, the Canadiens.