It is difficult to find polite language to describe how upsetting it was to learn of the Montreal Agglomeration Council’s contempt for, and ignorance of, its boroughs by suggesting that Pointe Claire is “too far” to hold the FINA World Aquatics Championship.
As boroughs, we pay constantly rising, inflated tax bills that overwhelmingly benefit Montreal, including taxes that, in principle, are to support parks and recreation throughout the island.
The logic is that we all ought to pay for facilities that all of us use. If that’s true, how can Montreal’s agglomeration councilors justify taxing West Islanders for Mount Royal Park and the Old Port, for example, which we must travel downtown to enjoy, while claiming that the same journey is excessive for the rest of Montreal to come here? Is the Montreal Agglomeration Council unaware that it is the same distance to and from the city?
Wake up Montreal: You can’t justify taking our money (18.7% of the total expense for this event) and then give us the brush-off when it comes to holding the event in our community, in a newly built, state-of-the-art facility at that.
How can you condone wasting millions more on a temporary facility? No problem. You’ll get West Islanders to help pay for it. It was a profligate decision, squandering our hard-earned tax dollars.
Your condescension and disrespect toward West Islanders has ripped away your last façade of fairness. Next thing you know, they’ll be making us pay to build a hospital and then tell us that we can’t use it!
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