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Old 10-03-2013, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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You are baby! I'm not one to typically rant about taxpayer's rights and all, but this is pretty disgusting. A bunch of rich knobs get to party, Rogers and Bell get to pat themselves on the back, Drake gets to move his merch, 100 mill gets moved around among the elites, and we get to pay the bill. Brutal.

MLSE gets $500,000 from Ontario government to host 2016 NBA All-Star Game | National Post

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TORONTO — Getting Drake on board as an ambassador for the Toronto Raptors might not have been the only reason officials with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment were smiling this week.

It turns out the Ontario government gave $500,000 to the company that owns the Raptors, as well as the NHL’s Maple Leafs, the Toronto FC and the Air Canada Centre, to help host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

The provincial government never issued a news release to announce the half-million-dollar cheque for MLSE from its “Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster” program.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment was recently valued at $2.25 billion, and “doesn’t exactly need corporate welfare.”

CTF Ontario director Candice Malcolm says the Liberal government has “no shame when it comes to wasting taxpayers’ money.”

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced Monday that it had hired homegrown rap star Drake as a new “global ambassador,” and predicted the NBA All-Star Game would generate around $100 million for Toronto.
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Well they're getting $500,000, but why are they getting anything? Who within the govt. makes this decision and what were they thinking?

so stupid.
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Exactly.... $500,000 is squat in the grand scheme of things but to give it to MLSE who are worth 2 billion... what the fuck?

I'd rather that money go elsewhere.
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come on, it's 500k, apparently the game will bring 100M to the local economy, don't see why it's unfair for the government to contribute to the event given the huge returns it gets for basically doing nothing.

there are far worse ways to spend public money ...
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come on, it's 500k, apparently the game will bring 100M to the local economy, don't see why it's unfair for the government to contribute to the event given the huge returns it gets for basically doing nothing.

there are far worse ways to spend public money ...
sure.... but would we not have gotten the game without that $500K?
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there are far worse ways to spend public money ...
disagree. what's worse than giving money to a multi billion dollar company who considers that money a drop in the bucket?

The only way this can be justified is if that money is used to improve facilities/surroundings that the public normally uses not that i can think of what that may be.
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If your taxes pay for it, shouldnt you be offered free tickets?
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Exactly.... $500,000 is squat in the grand scheme of things but to give it to MLSE who are worth 2 billion... what the fuck?

I'd rather that money go elsewhere.
Like towards free agents.
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This fits within the age old ideology that somehow the CONSUMPTION of sport is something that the public purse should be funding. The only sport the government should be investing in is the PRACTICE of it, not its commodity. Put that 500,000 into amateur sports. Lord knows they need it. If MLSE wants to say that Toronto is a world class city, then put your money where your PR is and fork over the 500,000 as thank you to the fans and people of Toronto for supporting a team that's pathetically performed over its 20 year history.
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It's coming from a program called the "Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster." The budget is meant to fund things like this...

Granted, I don't live in Toronto and have only visited once, but it didn't seem like the city (and Ontario in general) was in dire need of cash. I'm not saying that there aren't better way to spend the money in general, but if it's been earmarked for cultural events, I don't see why part of the money shouldn't go to the All-Star game.
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disagree. what's worse than giving money to a multi billion dollar company who considers that money a drop in the bucket?

The only way this can be justified is if that money is used to improve facilities/surroundings that the public normally uses not that i can think of what that may be.
build more basketball courts!!!
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absolutely!
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absolutely!
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Courts, leagues and gyms.

Idk if it's just where I've lived but from High School to now it's so hard to find a regular league to play.
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sure.... but would we not have gotten the game without that $500K?
The money was given after we got the game, not to buy the game.
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I can't wait for Rogers to up my cable bill so they can better serve my needs. Very little of the 100 million dollars coming into the city will be coming my way. Strip clubs and limo services will see some green. It will be a short-lived injection of cash, not anything that will stimulate the economy in a sense that creates a constant circulating of that cash.

Mr Tannenbaum is a very rich man. He is a life-long Liberal supporter. He's seeing some of the benefits of being a rich man that supports the Liberals. Fuck them all. It's stupid.
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apparently the game will bring 100M to the local economy, don't see why it's unfair for the government to contribute to the event given the huge returns it gets for basically doing nothing.
Sorry but this "myth" is a complete crock of shit..that theory is something politicians have been shoving down people's throats for decades

$500,000 bones could go a long way in helping inner city kids etc etc etc etc
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Its whatever, I don't see the big deal.

Not like any of that money would have gone into my pockets anyway.
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