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Location: Ottawa ON
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Another reason for crumbling infrastructure is that, IMO, governments of all types and stripes, across the country, have too many priorities, too many fingers in the proverbial pie. That doesn't leave a lot of funds for the business that government should be in: justice, infrastructure, defense etc. I see a massive reckoning in the not too distant future as the rooster comes home to roost. Bridges, sewage, roads, etc will all need massive investment just to maintain their current status, much less improve a lot to handle increased loads. Ask yourselves where that money's is going to come from? Either new taxes or a reallocation of current spending. My take is that it'll be easier for our politicos to choose the former rather than make the hard choices necessary.
In short, while I like the arts and other feel-good industries, I don't think city councils, provincial governments, or the Feds for that matter, should subsidize them. Nor do I believe that businesses should be subsidized either... Just fix the sewers and roads. But that won't win votes will it?