Mayor was right not to fund arena
Re: Ottawa Senators wanted city to pay for NHL arena on LeBreton Flats early in redevelopment process, mayor says, Nov. 29.All across North America, for decades, wealthy sports team owners have conned and cajoled municipal politicians into providing free or highly subsidized sports venues. The threat of leaving is often used. Appeals to civic pride are made by cold-hearted businessmen.The tide has reversed, however, with many city councils listening to taxpayers and calling the bluff. Also, higher levels of government are now unwilling to chip in, leaving the cities alone to pay. Voters in Calgary recently said no to financing an Olympics.The vast and much-needed LeBreton redevelopment is not contingent on a hockey arena, although one would work there near an LRT stop. A taxpayer-funded arena is not needed or appropriate.Mayor Watson made the right decision in saying no to corporate welfare. Brian Beckett, Nepean
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