Arena Good. Deal Bad.

I fired off a letter to City Council before today’s public hearing on the downtown arena framework (in which the owner of the Oilers puts up nothing and the City pays for everything up front) and I think this more detailed letter from Scott Hennig, of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, makes my point even better.

Arenas are great, downtown revitalization is needed, the current deal doesn’t make a lot of sense for current or future taxpayers in Edmonton, and really ties up a lot of the City’s plans on one project.

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