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05-15-2013, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by worraps View Post
The city is advertising with the Oilers not the arena. This is the typical arrangement.

I think the mistake here is to view the City as a profit driven entity. It's not.

The City is in the business of collecting taxes and building projects just like this.
Utter nonsense. Where are all of these stupid city advertising going to be patches on oiler jerseys?

Your 2nd point is also pure folly.

The city is in the business of collecting taxes and providing the necessities for the citizens of the city, that includes core services and infrastructure.

How along the way governments of all types, especially municipal govts suddenly became the person bankers for every big project is beyond me. It is not up to a city to 'stimulate' anything. It is up to them to try and create an environment where investment is made in things and projects by private entities.

For a province and increasingly a country that thinks of itself as capitalistic and free enterprise driven it's appalling how much governments are being hoodwinked into funding things like this.

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