Comment 47718

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted September 14, 2010 at 18:31:49

The ti-cats started off saying "we'll make any site work" and ended up saying "we're not interested in making any site work" and walking away from negotiations altogether.

The provincial government flip flopped between funding, not funding, and funding the West Harbour, supposedly claiming the federal government said the same.

Hostco has flip flopped from the original west harbour stadium for track and field planned in their bid documents to a 6,000 seat soccer stadium, to unclear definitions of what a legacy tenant is, and at the end of the day we don't know if they'll even accept an aberdeen/longwood stadium, even with a legacy tenant.

Hamilton has been trying to navigate through a maze blindfolded and in the dark. No one knows where money is coming from, what strings are attached to that money, how much, what the interests of the various parties are, and it's made the whole thing one giant fustercluck.

This latest letter and the repition of vague requirements, and the fact that the feds, while having "committed funding", want no part of any discussions over location, use, legacy tenants, scope, financing, etc. leaves me with the distinct impression that Hostco is being used as one giant smoke and mirrors production so the federal government can pull whatever behind the scenes strings they want without having to get their hands dirty. It makes it easy to provide large cheques to their own pet projects while ostracizing communities that, while part of the initial bid, have outlived their usefulness.

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