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08-27-2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by surge1979 View Post
Bonus entertainment tax rant: the City only charges entertainment tax at the following venues:

MTS Centre
Canad Inn Stadium
Canwest Global Baseball Park
Movie Theatre Cinemas

Given that the Bombers are community owned, its unlikely that they pay the entertainment tax. Our mayor owns the ballpark so I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the Goldeyes don't pay it either. Same for the Jets. So it looks like the entertainment tax is only being levied against concert goers and people who go to the movies. Fine. But its not really an entertainment tax then...its a tax on corporations who aren't headquartered in WPG (Cineplex) and entertainment that nots not sufficiently cultured (i.e. rock concerts).

This money is then diverted into a slush fund for "Arts and Culture" (orchestra, ballet, art gallery, theatre). This system is fairly ironic in that the blue collars who pay big money for AC/DC and Nickelback concerts are inadvertently subsidizing the elites so that they can watch "Les Miserables" at MTC with their top hats and monacles or be dazzled along with the other 12 guys who live on Wellington Crescent who came out to see the 3rd cellist on the left at the symphony. Amazing.
Not quite accurate with your stereotypes. There are a lot of broke students, artists from other genres, teachers, elderly, and old-school blue collar types (e.g. from Italy, Poland, etc.) that enjoy the arts, while there are a lot of big spenders that ride on into the core from their sprawling suburban houses in their 45K pick-up trucks to see AC/DC and Nickelback.

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