Mayor demanding serious analysis of calls to have taxpayers subsidize arenas and stadiums
Nenshi is rationally saying take a look at what you are buying before you buy, a perfectly responsible point of view.
Evan Woolley and Gian-Carlo Carra saying they are at least open to having the conversation, and others, like Coun. Druh Farrell saying she is dead set against it.
Arenas don’t provide much in the way of economic benefit for cities, but that’s no reason not to build them, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday.
“So when you hear me say, ‘public money must be for public benefit, not for private profit,’ which you’ve heard me say about a million times … that’s really what we’re talking about.
“How do we define and balance that question of public sector benefit?”
Re: “No corporate welfare for CalgaryNEXT,” Paige MacPherson, Opinion, Sept. 9Well — they do intend to pay for their “flashy arena desires” — not taxpayers! There were so many ill-founded politically expedient statements and assumptions in this piece that I felt compelled to respond.