An editorial in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix sides with the CTF stance on a proposed domed stadium in Regina.
Even at a time when stimulus-obsessed politicians are tossing around hundreds of millions of dollars as if the day of reckoning will never come, the idea of building a domed stadium in Regina is a dream that needs a quick reality check.
It can start with Saskatchewan residents demanding to see the findings of a $70,000 feasibility study on a 35,000-seat "indoor entertainment complex," especially when a Regina city councillor with close ties to the Wall government is speaking as if the dome might be a done deal.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Saskatchewan director, Lee Harding, was right to express concern by noting Coun. Jocelyn Hutchinson's comment on a radio show that the indoor stadium "will be a great link between downtown and the entertainment district."
Given the projected cost of such a domed structure is in the range of some $350 million -- money that mostly will have to come courtesy of taxpayers via their municipal, provincial and federal governments, its proponents need to present a viable business case that covers not just the capital costs of the facility but its operating costs as well.