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05-15-2013, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Beerfish View Post
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.
There is more to infrastructure than sewers and roads. Museums and arenas also have their place and have since the founding of Western Civilization.

There is no way a building of this nature would be built by a private entity in a city as small as Edmonton. If the people of Edmonton want an NHL franchise and a world class event centre they have to pay for it out of the public coffers.

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