Email from blog reader Ron Palmer: Mayor wants to spend $300k on finding hotel developer

Mayor John Ruttan is again wanting to spend $300k on finding a hotel for the white elephant conference centre. Didn’t Council defeat that motion previously? Has City staff contacted major hotel chains to invite proposals? (at no cost)

None will build this hotel unless there is a strong likelyhood that the project will make a profit and that, I suspect, is why prospective investors are not falling over themselves to get the job. Like the conference centre, we the taxpayers would be footing the bill for a perpetual money losing venture.  For instance: take a good look at how many are employed at our seldom used and very expensive conference centre; what could they do all day?

– Ron Palmer, Nanaimo