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12-08-2012, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
It was inevitable that they went back to negotiating with Katz. Even if they build it themselves they have to work out a lease arrangement that he will accept to play in the building, they cant just build it on their own without an agreement for the team to play there.

And getting it done before another election could be a big deal. If the economy shifts just a little and makes people jumpy you'll get several people come out of the woodwork and run on a no spending on an arena platform. If that happens and enough of them win seats it gets that much harder for a rink to get built.
Just with this point alone Sohi ran an ardent campaign in opposition to public funding of an arena. He subsequently voted yes in council votes approving public funding of an arena. He'll get re-elected.

He shouldn't, but he will. Your point assumes that present day politicians feel any obligation or pressure to stick with their major campaign platforms. WE tend to get the democracy we deserve. People just don't care to follow what their representatives are actually doing enough. We don't make our leaders accountable.

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