Monday, December 18, 2006

On sports and tax breaks

More proof emerging today that British Columbia has always been viewed by Conservative power brokers as the weak sister in the traditional Alberta/BC support base of the Reform/Alliance/Conservative Party. For further proof, consider how BC will be screwed by Harper's Senate reform proposal.

I understand the philosophical and ideological differences here. The Conservatives are all about tax breaks while the Liberals, who BTW also brought in some of the largest targeted tax breaks Canada has seen, favour targeted program spending and infrastructure spending.

I have to ask though, as logical as giving people a tax credit for spending on sports programs is, how good is it going to be if there aren't any sports facilities to host the programs? Just wondering.

Feds balk at B.C. sports bill
Ottawa says province's building expectations are unrealistically high
Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, December 18, 2006

OTTAWA -- The Conservative government is refusing to fully participate in a B.C. sports facility building boom launched by Premier Gordon Campbell during a pre-2005-election spending spree, The Vancouver Sun has learned.

While the federal Tories haven't formally ruled out meeting the more than $70 million in requests for projects, they say the former Liberal government headed by Paul Martin created unrealistically high expectations that Ottawa would match Victoria's largesse.

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