Laurier/Y is Not Essential

The City of Brantford, Wilfrid Laurier University and the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford signed an agreement recently so that the proposed Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics-Recreation Complex “would offer public access.”

This looks like political theatre designed to distract the citizens of Brantford and administrators of the Build Canada Fund away from the key issue:  In the wake of the Drummond Report, the use of taxpayers’ dollars to build the proposed Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics-Recreation Complex is even more questionable.

Since the release of the Drummond Report, Ontario taxpayers have said governments must focus, especially in difficult financial times, on the delivery of essential services that governments do best.

The Brantford Jail is essential; the proposed Laurier/Y is not.

The repair of Brantford’s crumbling roads is essential; the proposed Laurier/Y is not.

The citizens of Brantford get it.  In many forums they have said so, such as the prescient 13 July 2011 Brantford Expositor poll, where 57% of respondents voted NO to the project.  Unfortunately, the City of Brantford and the Government of Ontario don’t get it.

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