No Tax for Pan Am (Toronto, 2015)

  • by: NoTaxForPanAm.com
  • target: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Dalton McGuinty, Mayor David Miller

Dear Prime Minister Harper, Premier McGuinty, and Mayor Miller:

 

I am adding my name to this petition demanding that the governments of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto cancel their proposal to force Canadian taxpayers to pay to host the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. 

 

The proposal to make taxpayers foot the bill for the $1.7 billion cost of hosting the 2015 games was made back in 2008, when the impact on Canada of the world-wide recession was not yet clear.  The impact is clear now.  Taxpayer funding for Pan Am must be reconsidered.

 

From British Columbia to Newfoundland & Labrador, health care is in a shambles.  Our schools have no text books and many are being closed for budgetary reasons.  Gun shots are more common than ever in our cities.  We need better health care, better schools, and safer streets.  Those needs will not be met by borrowing $1.7 billion to host the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

 

In Toronto, the municipal government is on the verge of insolvency.  Ontario is now borrowing an additional $18 billion every year just to pay already-existing expenses: the total Ontario debt is growing, as a result.  The federal government is looking at deficit spending as well.  Borrowing an additional $1.7 billion dollars so that Toronto can host the 2015 Pan Am Games %u2013 instead of letting Lima, Peru or Bogota, Columbia host the games - will force Canadian taxpayers to pay interest on that money in the range of an additional $100 million every year.  That is $100 million dollars - every year, even for years after the Pan Am Games are over - that could have paid for medical services and equipment, for text books, or for safer streets.

 

Our economy is struggling.  Canadians are losing jobs by the tens of thousands per month.  If Canada's economy is to improve, people need to be able to invest their earnings in long-term, ongoing, profitable industries that will employ people.  Stadiums and soccer fields built for the 2015 Pan Am Games will ultimately lose money, not make money.  And any Pan-Am Games jobs will be lost as soon as the games are over.  And the cost of maintaining Toronto's Pan-Am Games buildings and fields will drain government coffers for years to come.

 

It would be wrong to use federal, provincial, and municipal tax revenues to fund the 2015 Pan Am Games.  Prime Minister Harper, Premier McGuinty, and Mayor Miller: I am asking you to re-evaluate federal participation in the Toronto bid, and responsibly to announce the cancellation of the government%u2019s initial proposal to have taxpayers foot the bill for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games bid. 

 

Contact Information:

 

web: www.notaxforpanam.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/notaxforpanam

twitter: www.twitter.com/notaxforpanam

We the undersigned demand that the governments of Canada, Ontario, and Toronto cancel their proposal to force Canadian taxpayers to pay to host the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. 

The proposal to make taxpayers foot the bill for the $1.7 billion cost of hosting the 2015 games was made back in 2008, when the impact on Canada of the world-wide recession was not yet clear.  The impact is clear now.  Taxpayer funding for Pan Am must be reconsidered.

From British Columbia to Newfoundland & Labrador, health care is in a shambles.  Our schools have no text books and many are being closed for budgetary reasons.  Gun shots are more common than ever in our cities.  We need better health care, better schools, and safer streets.  Those needs will not be met by borrowing $1.7 billion to host the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

In Toronto, the municipal government is on the verge of insolvency.  Ontario is now borrowing an additional $18 billion every year just to pay already-existing expenses: the total Ontario debt is growing, as a result.  The federal government is looking at deficit spending as well.  Borrowing an additional $1.7 billion dollars so that Toronto can host the 2015 Pan Am Games - instead of letting Lima, Peru or Bogota, Columbia host the games - will force Canadian taxpayers to pay interest on that money in the range of an additional $100 million every year.  That is $100 million dollars - every year, even for years after the Pan Am Games are over - that could have paid for medical services and equipment, for text books, or for safer streets.

Our economy is struggling.  Canadians are losing jobs by the tens of thousands per month.  If Canada's economy is to improve, people need to be able to invest their earnings in long-term, ongoing, profitable industries that will employ people.  Stadiums and soccer fields built for the 2015 Pan Am Games will ultimately lose money, not make money.  And any Pan-Am Games jobs will be lost as soon as the games are over.  And the cost of maintaining Toronto's Pan-Am Games buildings and fields will drain government coffers for years to come.

It would be wrong to use federal, provincial, and municipal tax revenues to fund the 2015 Pan Am Games.  Prime Minister Harper, Premier McGuinty, and Mayor Miller: I am asking you to re-evaluate federal participation in the Toronto bid, and responsibly to announce the cancellation of the government's initial proposal to have taxpayers foot the bill for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games bid. 


Contact Information:

web: www.notaxforpanam.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/notaxforpanam

twitter: www.twitter.com/notaxforpanam

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