The mayors of Sarnia and Leamington want Toronto to cover the extra costs associated with the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Can you blame them for not wanting to pay for an event that many feel was nothing more than a “self-pleasuring” exercise for the 416?
Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk announced Wednesday that the summer event cost an extra $342 million. $5 million was spent on performance bonuses that were awarded only if the games came in under or on budget. The Ontario Liberals are denying that costs exceeded the original $2.4-billion bid.
Following Lysyk’s report, Leamington mayor John Paterson took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter.
Paterson told CBC News that he is a fan of events like the Pan Am Games, but doesn’t support paying bonuses and cost overruns for something that was hosted mainly by the City of Toronto.
Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley called the games a “tremendous waste” and argued that they had no direct impact on Ontarians living outside the GTA.
“There was no capital benefit to southern Ontario, no capital benefit to the north, no capital benefit to the east, the facilities that were built will serve the Toronto area.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory stands by his opinion that the Pan Am Games were an event not just for Toronto, but for all of Ontario.