"Oh Nanaimo ...... when will you grow up"
As the battle for an event centre draws to a close, staunch supporter and downtown businessman, Councillor Jerry Hong seems to be scolding any Nanaimo resident that doesn't happen to agree with him on the expenditure of $100,000,000.00 in taxpayer revenue.
In a Facebook post the Counillor and owner of the Queen's Hotel posted a link to an article singing the praises of a new casino that is opening in Penticton. The tie in of course is that it is because of Pentictons event centre that the community is benefiting from the building of this new casino.
In what comes across as a condescending and scolding attitude, Hong admonishes Nanaimo taxpayers to 'Grow Up'. He goes on to sing the praises of revenue that flows from casinos and makes reference to bingo halls as well. It would seem Hong sees the gaming business as the way of the future for Nanaimo? He seems to loose sight of the fact that some of that Casino money is supposed to go to help those people who are problem gamblers.
The reference to the Penticton arena did not make mention of the fact they built their arena with a $40 million long term loan, and a $9 million government grant, and casino money for ten years etc. etc.
Obviously Hong is a strong supporter of a new event centre, that arguably could see his business get quite a boost and seems of the opinion that anyone not sharing that view needs to simply 'Grow Up'.