Editor: I was astonished to read Rick Marleau’s letter in today’s Guardian (“Islanders freeze while Shania basks”) when he says the Ghiz government is pitching in $250,000 of our tax dollars towards the Shania Twain concert.
At an average ticket price of roughly $130 and a fire marshal limit of 28,000 people, this gives revenue of almost $3.8 million. I assume there will be HST added to the top of this for a bonus to Robert and Wes of half a million dollars.
Why is the government putting our money into this? We’d get the same revenue from ticket sales, meals, accommodations, etc. if we spent not a dime. And to add insult to injury, here’s a brilliant quote from Mayor Clifford Lee when they announced the concert: “Best part is the taxpayers of Charlottetown are not contributing any funds to the event.”
Clifford — city tax dollars, provincial tax dollars; it all comes out of my pocket and yours. I hope you weren’t serious when you said this. No wonder our young people leave as soon as they can. They have some of the highest student debt in Canada and the fewest job opportunities. Our government is too busy throwing money away on red carpet that they could spend on education. Reminds me of Rob Ford gushing for the cameras in Hollywood.
I suppose someone will want to give Ms. Twain a medal too.