Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pan Am Funding

As reported in today's Spectator, the Freedom Party of Ontario has launched an Internet-based campaign to derail the southern Ontario bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games.

The No Tax for Pan Am campaign launched yesterday with a website, notaxforpanam.com, as well as a Facebook group and a presence on Twitter.

Their goal is to get the three levels of government to withdraw all funding commitments for the Games.

Mayor Eisenberger stated "I don't see any reason to step back, although I'm fully aware that there might be some who might be opposed and might align themselves with this,"

An excerpt from the Freedom Party of Ontario's site reads as follows:

The Toronto bid proposes that the lion's share of the $1.7 billion hosting costs be charged to all Canadian taxpayers: the taxpayers in all provinces, territories, and cities. That's over $50 for every man woman and child: $200 for a family of four. Worse: because the governments of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto are all running deficits, that additional money would have to be borrowed. Even worse: the interest on that money would cost taxpayers additional hundreds of millions of dollars, or more, in the coming years. To add insult to injury: only the tiniest fraction of all Canadians will ever be permitted to attend the Games (even if they are held in Toronto).

What's your take. Should tax money be used for this purpose?

1 comment:

  1. We should support the games. They will bring 10,000 athletes and officials to Ontario, along with 250,000 tourists. The Games will trigger 15,000 new jobs in the province, primarily in construction, tourism and event support.


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