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'Committed to this community'

Silent partner Thomson gives his reasons why he's investing in city's NHL dream

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Canadian billionaire David Thomson, on why he wants to invest in a hockey team in a city he doesn't live in:

"I have a deep attachment to this city, to the province and to the country. I go back longer than I'd like to remember to my Hudson's Bay Company days. And, probably, in every nook and cranny, certainly in this country, the rural communities, there is a heartfelt sense of community in Winnipeg and Manitoba. I've always felt inspired by the leadership, by the ambitions and there's been more than a tinge of regret in me as with all other Winnipeggers and Manitobans that the Jets left. And in working through the development of MTS and forging a rapport and a working relationship with Mark (Chipman) and his executives we feel very, very, very strongly about one another's values and about the possibilities that lie ahead ------ to actually move something forward that's distinctive and that makes a difference in people's lives. So I am committed to this community as I am to this country. It's about time."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2011 E7

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