The following is a comment left last night from Stu one of my regular readers/commenters regarding the Compenso free dinner situation.
Stu Commented at 8.55pm 9/4/14
I am going to play devils advocate on this:
Living in a lifelong conservative riding which Collingwood is, would we not want the Mayor or someone from council at this event? Especially since the “other” party runs the province. It opens doors to funding ie grants etc, etc from a provincial standpoint in which every other municipality in Ontario is lining up for. Do we not think having the opportunity to bend the ear of the Premier that has no associated cost to taxpayer, is immeasurable. Politics, especially from a provincial and federal level is about bending ears of people who make funding decisions. Whoever bends the most ears and is heard, ……. wins..
So, either you allow the town to buy tickets at taxpayer expense, (which would cause an uproar, and boy would it cause an uproar) or allow a company to buy tickets and invite them, which has no effect on the taxpayer.( which apparently causes an uproar, with holier than thou people that don’t understand provincial or federal politics)
At the end of the day, from a taxpayer standpoint, if the funding is going somewhere, why not have someone at the table competing for it, rather than laying down and letting someone else have it.
From a business or political standpoint, I would want someone at that table, to get us in the game. No table, no game…
Devils advocate… That understands how funding works……