Thunder Bay – More Taxpayer Dollars For A Project That Nobody Wants

FedNor Announcement to Create Jobs, Growth and a Strong Economy in Northwestern Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario, January 11, 2019 — Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North will be at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on January 14, 2019, to make a significant FedNor announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor. The announcement will help enhance tourism and business growth opportunities in the region.
MP Rusnak and Minister Hajdu will participate in a photo opportunity and will be available to answer questions from the media following the announcement.
Date:                   Monday, January 14, 2019
Time:                 11:00 a.m.
Location:           Thunder Bay Art Gallery
                             1080 Keewatin Street
                             Thunder Bay, ON
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For further information, please contact:
Paul Denis
Communications Officer
FedNor
705-507-0539
I am sure the Dease Street pool supporters will appreciate this announcement.
I wonder if its going to be another $10 or $11 million?  The local fund raising effort is only predicted to raise a measly $2.5 million, less than 10% of the projected project cost of $33 million.  Where is all that public support?  Where are all of those people who want this?   I mean people other than the consulting firm that has been pushing hard for this and the contractor’s who will be making out like bandits on yet another government funded project.
Once again taxpayers will be footing the bill for a huge project that nobody wants, is located in a location that makes zero financial sense and is not easily accessible by public transit.
This is an extreme example how politicians buy your vote with you own money.  Money that was taken from you, taken from the next generation and taken from the generation after that one and taken from the generation after that one and taken…well…I guess you  get the picture.  There are people not yet born whose taxes will be paying for this facility.  Hope they like it.
Rusnak must be worried about getting re-elected.  With Not-My Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s popularity sinking fast, I guess politicians are getting those chequebooks. Let the vote buying begin.
What I find interesting is that the last pile ($11.5 million) of federal cash was given to the proposed art gallery project by local MPs Patti Hajdu and Don Rusnak on behalf of MP Mélanie Joly who was Heritage Minister at that time.  This time, local MPs Pattia Hajdu and Don Rusnak is is going to hand out another big pile of taxpayer cash.
Sharon Godwin, the director of the art gallery, said the federal dollars means that 80 per cent of the required $33 million in capital funding has been secured. – July 17, 2018 , Tbaynewswatch
If that is the case then this announcement  should not be for an amount just under $7 million.  If its more than that, then something has changed as far as cost is concerned.  I Have always figured the final cost of the project will be closer to $40 million.  Maybe the proposed cost of $33 million has gone up?
Sooo just remember, when you listen to this announcement, about the Chronicle Journal editorial  about the strength for City Council to say “no” to the Dease Street Pool people.  You can see who controls the public purse. Its all about who you know.  Political connections.  If the consulting firm Brook McIlroy was supporting Dease Street Pool, then …well…
I wonder if the pool supporters and their signs will show up at the big announcements?
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