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At worst, economic development funds become political slush funds that channel corporate welfare into votes.
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And taxpayers would be on the hook for $1.3 billion.
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Calgary taxpayers have now had a little time to recover from the puzzling pitch for public cash that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman delivered when he came to town. Bettman may have left, but the ask is still on the table.
"That's not how we operate here."
The facilities would be built on the western edge of Calgary's downtown along the Bow River