Comment 56423

By goin'downtown (registered) | Posted January 14, 2011 at 18:50:07

A Smith - by "within reason" I meant "fiscally responsible." There must be a balance created for quality of life when it comes to government spending on cultural/recreational activities/facilities. I would not live where there are no cultural/recreational activities/facilities, and they are never, to my knowledge, profitable. They are for quality of life - to retain citizens, to attract citizens. Corporations don't make direct profit in building on-site gyms for their employees. I personally don't know what the afore-mentioned balance is, or what programs/facilities within Hamilton should be ditched to attain that balance. Hence, my desire to see the figures on Hamilton's cultural and recreational expenditures. I suspect if all things cultural/recreational were privatized and denied any government support, we would revert back to some type of dark ages where only the extremely wealthy had any semblance of quality of life. I would hope that the current trend in Hamilton, where the public sector and health sectors are two of the largest employment sectors, is temporary until Hamilton finds its wealth generating niche again. I do know that our Economic Development department's mission is exactly that - which is a "spend money to make money" venture, from my perspective. I don't know of a private company or sector that can morph Hamílton's economy to one of purely wealth generation. Sorry, can't answer any of your questions. Please feel free to supply your own detailed suggestions.

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