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Canadians against using tax money on sports stadiums

Poll finds a slim majority oppose push for federal investment in pro sports facilities


 

A Harris-Decima survey shows a majority of Canadians don’t want the federal government paying for professional sports facilities. The poll found 55 per cent of respondents oppose using federal tax dollars to fund such projects, while 41 per cent support the idea. At 62 per cent, opposition was highest in Alberta and Manitoba-Saskatchewan, despite burgeoning campaigns in those provinces to have Ottawa invest in sports facilities in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Regina. Meanwhile, support was highest in Quebec, where officials are lobbying the federal government for money to build an NHL-ready arena in Quebec City.

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Canadians against using tax money on sports stadiums

  1. No. A stadium is a private good. At best, there can be a case made for it being a local good.. (increased tourism and the like) but that would put the funding at the city level, not the federal.

  2. No. A stadium is a private good. At best, there can be a case made for it being a local good.. (increased tourism and the like) but that would put the funding at the city level, not the federal.

    • If absolutely necessary–such as part of an Economic Stimulus Plan!, perhaps the feds could kick in some as long as the facility is for the community's use, and not for the community to pay an exhorbitant amount of money to rent a seat for a night.

      • Hum. BC Place is owned by the province of the BC, and I still have to pay to go to a Lions game or other events that go on there.

        I suppose I should ask my MLA for a free ticket or two for next season.

        • Does BC Place have a corporate sponsor? Many of the big sports venues do. I think it is hilarious that the venue for the Boston Celtics is sponsored by a Canadian bank.

    • If corporations believe in freedom and capitalism then why do they need hand outs? If the public has to pay it should be considered an investor and get a percentage of the revenue and profits. The same rules should apply to any government hand out.

      • Try telling that to the Katz Group. They'll jut their chins at you so fast…

  3. If absolutely necessary–such as part of an Economic Stimulus Plan!, perhaps the feds could kick in some as long as the facility is for the community's use, and not for the community to pay an exhorbitant amount of money to rent a seat for a night.

  4. Hum. BC Place is owned by the province of the BC, and I still have to pay to go to a Lions game or other events that go on there.

    I suppose I should ask my MLA for a free ticket or two for next season.

  5. Does BC Place have a corporate sponsor? Many of the big sports venues do. I think it is hilarious that the venue for the Boston Celtics is sponsored by a Canadian bank.

  6. If corporations believe in freedom and capitalism then why do they need hand outs? If the public has to pay it should be considered an investor and get a percentage of the revenue and profits. The same rules should apply to any government hand out.

  7. I see no reason why government needs to become in pro sports and big stadiums. Do these people not have any money of their own? Do they not have professional managers and business plans?
    The government has never loaned or given any money for my employers for my workplaces. Why should they provide workplaces for people who play games for a living?
    All in all, a bad investment at too high a cost, in tight times.
    Sports stadiums encourage people to sit, watch, eat junk food, and drink booze or sugar drinks…. they do not cause peole to become active for their own health!

  8. I see no reason why government needs to become in pro sports and big stadiums. Do these people not have any money of their own? Do they not have professional managers and business plans?
    The government has never loaned or given any money for my employers for my workplaces. Why should they provide workplaces for people who play games for a living?
    All in all, a bad investment at too high a cost, in tight times.
    Sports stadiums encourage people to sit, watch, eat junk food, and drink booze or sugar drinks…. they do not cause peole to become active for their own health!

  9. Try telling that to the Katz Group. They'll jut their chins at you so fast…

  10. Pro sports is a mega-money machine, geared to the lowest common denominator, profiting the few, robbing the many of meaningful life experience. It is like a religion, and as such should not be funded by government, unless government is now endorsing certain religions, hmmm…free masons perhaps, satanists? People! Wake up! Peace, love and freedom!

  11. Pro sports is a mega-money machine, geared to the lowest common denominator, profiting the few, robbing the many of meaningful life experience. It is like a religion, and as such should not be funded by government, unless government is now endorsing certain religions, hmmm…free masons perhaps, satanists? People! Wake up! Peace, love and freedom!

  12. A good stadium can do a lot for a city but would it not make sense to get the business first then the stadium. If the plan is good, the private sector will jump in with both feet. I have no problem with Nova Scotia place, the Pepsi auditorium or the Viagra sport place for that matter.

    I would not find it normal to build the auditorium first, never mind who pays, and then start looking at finding tenants.

  13. A good stadium can do a lot for a city but would it not make sense to get the business first then the stadium. If the plan is good, the private sector will jump in with both feet. I have no problem with Nova Scotia place, the Pepsi auditorium or the Viagra sport place for that matter.

    I would not find it normal to build the auditorium first, never mind who pays, and then start looking at finding tenants.

  14. Just like Quebec to be in favor of even more handouts. It's never enough with them.

    If these business ventures were profitable, there would be private money to build the stadiums. You can't tell me there isn't enough venture capital in this country to build every one of the article-mentioned stadiums. There is too much expectation in this country for governmental involvement in general. People are getting lazy and complacent. Just like Quebec.

  15. Just like Quebec to be in favor of even more handouts. It's never enough with them.

    If these business ventures were profitable, there would be private money to build the stadiums. You can't tell me there isn't enough venture capital in this country to build every one of the article-mentioned stadiums. There is too much expectation in this country for governmental involvement in general. People are getting lazy and complacent. Just like Quebec.

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