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The number of participants and the line taken in the speeches during the Blue March will dictate whether this grassroots movement will fully or partially score their goal, or be totally off base. Richard Thibault, president of RTCOMM, a firm that specializes in crisis management, doesn’t give the total number of participants too much importance. “This has an immediate impact on the event,” he says. “But it doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the population on the proposed amphitheatre. We know that a lot of people who are categorically in favour of the project and want the NHL to come back, but who will stay home. The views of these non-participants still carry weight.”