Comment 27660

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted December 01, 2008 at 23:06:32

Eugene, the city of Paris is a net contributor of taxes to the French government, therefore it is private citizens and businesses that drive the city, not government planners. If you want Hamilton to be more like Paris, then I suggest you start by pushing for a smaller role for government in the local economy. As it stands today, most new money coming to Hamilton is from the government, including the recent Centre Mall development, which is being funded by the Federal government and don't forget about the government funded LRT.

If politicians would stop trying to help the citizens of Hamilton, the private sector would take on a larger role and true value creating jobs would begin to be created. A robust private sector economy would attract many new residents, which in turn would create demand for high quality homes, retail establishments and perhaps even private mass transit. Failure to embrace the free market in favour of big government schemes will only lead to more of what we've been experiencing for decades, but I guess some lessons need to be learned the hard way.

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