Mayor and Council Lost Mandate on Stadium
REGINA—“This Mayor and Council have lost the mandate to proceed with the stadium proposal,” said Jim Elliott, candidate for Mayor of Regina in the upcoming fall municipal election. “It is, in my mind, a waste of taxpayer’s money ($238 Million dollars) to proceed from an open-air stadium of 29,000 to another open-air stadium of 33,000 adding only 4,000 more seats to the size of the stadium.”
“This current proposal is so significantly different from the past proposal that this Council needs to go back to the public for a mandate to continue,” continues Mr. Elliott. “If it ever gave them permission, the citizens of Regina never gave the city the mandate to pay for the stadium solely with public funds. This Council has always said that the private sector would pay for this. The private funding, if it ever existed, has mysteriously vanished.”
“If I was asking the province for funding of this magnitude,” adds Mr. Elliott. “I would be asking for spending on social or affordable housing.” The marginal addition of 700 housing units is but a drop in the bucket and it will do nothing for the thousands of people who are now considered homeless in this city. The private sector would get all of the profitable housing projects and leave the ongoing costs of the stadium to be paid for by the people. Further, the housing industry will be building market-priced housing, not helping those most in need.