There are some intriguing political overtones to the proposed move of the National Hockey League's Predators from Nashville to Hamilton.
The Liberal government at Queen's Park – which has a tenuous hold on four seats in Hamilton – would like to have some good news for the city in advance of the Oct. 10 provincial election.
But the Liberals don't want to be seen as subsidizing Jim Balsillie, the billionaire businessman who is trying to purchase the Predators and transfer them to Hamilton.
So in a private meeting with Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger last month, Premier Dalton McGuinty reportedly said any request for provincial funding to facilitate the move – say, through the refurbishing of Copps Coliseum –would have to come from the city, not Balsillie.
I do not believe that governments should be subsidizing professional sports teams. I'm almost certain that Mr. Balsillie does not need financial assistance to refurbish Copps Coliseum.
I think our government should fund public health care and public education, instead.