Statement by Gregg Taylor
I am writing you to urge you in the strongest possible terms not to capitulate in the stadium fight. It may seem like the easy thing to do, to fall in line and settle for an East Mountain site that tells downtown and the waterfront to go to blazes once again, but to do so would be a crime which your city will not forget nor forgive.
A new stadium at the West Harbour site is about city-building. About the future of the waterfront and downtown, the core which desperately needs to be strengthened if the entire city is to grow and succeed.
Abandoning this vision to build a stadium beside a highway means taking tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and giving it as a gift to a private business, as the Ti-Cats are the only beneficiaries. If you must pillage the Future fund and hand it to a private business, perhaps you could choose one that employs more Hamiltonians? Or pays them a living wage? Or contributes to the cultural growth and development of Hamilton?
In the end, however, that is not what this tax money is for. It was there for you to make a bold decision to build the kind of city people wish to live in. To abandon that now would be cowardly. The City of Hamilton would be better off with no new stadium at all than to be revealed as an institution devoid of courage, vision or spine.