Someone going by the nick “flabberghasted” commented on my last post on the Commonwealth Games bid that there were so few positive stories in support of the bid committee’s efforts. Well, he/she is right, and I would be negligent and unfair if I didn’t point out this article, which highlights the central possible positive outcome for Halifax should the Games be won: new athletic facilities in the city.
It would be nice indeed to build these facilities, however, as I’ve said before not at any cost. Do you think there are there any alternatives that could still get us such facilities without busting the bank on a “Halifax is world class” extravaganza?
I think there is.
The numbers that I’ve seen batted around for HRM’s contribution to the Games range from $300 to $500 million. How much would a top-notch indoor track and training facility cost? I betcha we can get one cheaper than that. Think of a grateful Canadian taxpayer saved the load of the $400 million federal contribution to the Games. Think of the poor Bluenoser in Cumberland County who wouldn’t have to pay the additional $300 or $400 million off of the provincial debt with their hard-earned tax dollar.
Hell, you might even get the federal and provincial governments to chip in a little to help defray the costs.
It’s a win-win situation (life isn’t always zero-sum!) – elite athletes would get a facility and we’d save a few bucks on an event that only real TSN fetishists or relatives of competing athletes actually pay any attention to. Seriously, did any of you actually watch the last Games in Melbourne? And who made the trip down? I mean, other than the bid committee who we, the ever grateful taxpayer flew down there for a two-week
swan research trip.