I'm with jaz on this. The government's job is to deliver important services, not tax business and then spend it trying to promote whatever the lobbyist groups can convince them to fund this week. "Cultural events" are not an important service.
Taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for a Grey Cup party any more then we should be on the hook for a new NHL arena in Quebec City.
no level of govt should be giving or spending money on pro sports, arts and entertainment, cultural events, etc. Thats not why most of us pay taxes. That not why we first started paying taxes in Canada.
I wonder what Americans would say if the NFL asked OBABWA for 120 million dollars to celebrate the 50th. SuperBowl ?
I think it is fair that Mark presents his project but it would need to be aspectacular return to make this work because the event sells out so how this will create any tourism money or anything is doubtful in my mind but I think the 800k that the feds invested for Touchdown Atlantic was well worth it. So let's see what they have in mind.
And many more would agree with me. Given the option of spending $12 million on a school or on a Grey Cup party, which one wins?
This is one of these expenses that make people feel warm and fuzzy, but that they would never support a tax hike to pay for if it was asked directly. So instead we just borrow it and pay interest for the next century.
Pro sports is not what the government should be borrowing money to pay for.
What I'd love to see is a theatre performance by a theatre group acting out the 1874-75 match between McGill and Harvard and following this up with the first Grey Cup, people attending the event and character involvement with that up to when the Peg won the first GC for the west, think in 1935, etc. the horses in the Royal York from Calgary etc.
This would cost money but really we worth it I think.
Without some culture and arts and history, this country really ceases to have a soul, an identity, that is why Canada Heritage exists and CanCon rules etc. Canada Council for the Arts and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
those who dont have kids, may not be a fan of their tax dollars going to educate the children of strangers, and may feel the parents of those kids should pay for their own kids education. much like college, or university.
those who dont own a vehicle may not want tax money going for roads.
some dont like tax money being spent on homeless, when they feel the only reason anyone is homeless in this great country is due to that persons own lack of ambition, or self caused addictions.
some don't like tax money used for cultural celebration.
This isn't just ANY Grey Cup. Another like this won't be seen for a hundred years. Surely, it's not asking too much to involve other communities other than Toronto in the festivities? It would be a wise investment in one of the most important cultural events the country has ever produced. Every Canadian should be able to take part in some form or another, and that takes a little money organize. $12M is what, 35 cents for every citizen? That's a very small amount to ask.