A group of local business people wants to breathe life into Halifax’s abandoned bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Apparently, the information released in the day(s) leading up to the dissolution of the Games bid got some local businesses excited, and there is talk of an attempt to resurrect the bid. The bid committee, which effectively put a bullet in its own head by treating everything it did as a state secret (“Logan, Scott Logan”), has been downright effusive this week (why they even drew pictures!), and this has got the business community all hot and horny for the Games again. I guess I over-estimated the intelligence of our business “leaders” once again.
Dumb, dumb, dumb. I hereby promise to never again over-estimate the intelligence of the business community or, for that matter, to under-estimate their desparation to get their hot little hands on free government money.
In the couple of weeks since the province announced its pull-out, Logan’s gang have trimmed over a half-billion dollars, apparently fluff, off of their budget, so now Sue Uteck, who has had her panties in a bunch all along, is trying to rouse interest again. “Leadership”, I guess.
What does this mean? Did the bid committee have to be threatened with loss of allowance or desert? Are they really children? (My children?)
One thing the article doesn’t mention is the hundreds of millions of dollars the local business community is now willing to pony up for the benefit of the community. Such an oversight on the part of the Herald; tsk, tsk.
I was just goofing around there for a minute – the business “leaders” are leading the charge with/for our money again. Golly.
If this stupidity gets started again, and if, if Halifax won the Games, I’ll eat the computer that I am typing on right now if the budget didn’t inflate magically back to the previous numbers or worse before we get half-way to opening day. This is just more smoke and mirrors to try to keep the bid alive to judgement day, after which point it would be really, really difficult to pull the Games out of our wallets. If Sue Uteck thinks Halifax got bad press two weeks ago, what would she do if we had to drop the Games after winning the bid and the ensuing tax revolt?