Flames owner readies arena demands, Calgary mayor readies “No, weren’t you listening the first time?”

Calgary Flames CEO Ken King is getting ready to present the city with his plans for a new arena, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi still doesn’t want to hear about it if it involves public subsidies:

“It can’t be public dollars to subsidize private benefit. As much as we’d love to have Madonna here, I don’t think that you could convince most people that it’s a good use of public money to subsidize Madonna.”

In case you needed reminding, Naheed Nenshi is a total stadium subsidy badass.


3 comments on “Flames owner readies arena demands, Calgary mayor readies “No, weren’t you listening the first time?”

  1. Nenshi’s such a great mayor. As a Canadian, he’s by far the best in his position in our country. I still think he and Brian Burke, the Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, and a man who enjoys an argument or two (just Google his name or YouTube him) will have a major blowup (led by Burke, of course) at some point on this topic but I’d be quite surprised if Nenshi and council will budge. Thankfully, for Calgarians, their public money is as safe as it can be. Now if only he could teach other municipal leaders a few things…

  2. It should be against the Law for municipal governments to subsidize private business interests. END OF STORY.

    Maybe the NDP government will implement a change to the Municipalities ACT. It is not the elected officials privilege to give away taxpayer money to billionaires.