How amazingly stupid can the BC government be? The evidence is in once again, as they screw up what is an obvious no-brainer - $40 million from Telus to rename BC Place as Telus Park.
|BC Place - lights on but nobody in BC government at home!|
And let's face it - it may be the only way to get a bit of "tax" revenue out of major corporations. The reality is that corporate naming of stadiums is here to stay around the world, like it or not, so take the money and spend it wisely on public services.
But no - the Christy Clark crowd managed to not only lose the $40 million but needlessly piss off one of BC's biggest private sector employers - just as Telus announces it will invest a massive $3 billion in BC in capital projects and create 1,300 new jobs!
Stunning incompetence. Stunning incompetents.
In fact, let's rename it "Field of Incompetents" - an appropriate title given this monumental mistake by the cabinet.
It's no wonder neither Christy Clark nor any cabinet minister was on hand for Telus' big investment announcement last week - and that NDP leader Adrian Dix was.
Telus CEO Darren Entwhistle already knew the BC Place deal was going sour despite years of negotiation and Telus spending millions on giant outdoor signs and other costs for the renaming, as Global TV's Jas Johal exclusively reported Wednesday night. The letters for the sign are each 17 feet high!
The deal appears to have died when the geniuses in the BC government let arch-rival Bell buy the right to call the playing field during Vancouver Whitecaps games "Bell Pitch" - and never thought that would be a problem for either company! Bell is a major Whitecaps sponsor.
And lastly - BC Liberal cheerleaders - get off the field!
"BC Place" is not an iconic name that people here are permanently attached to - it's as memorable as "generic beer".
The appropriately named cabinet minister Pat Bell - no relation to the company - was sent out to sell that piece of nonsense.
Now if you really want to rename it and honour our province, call it Terry Fox Place - that I will support in a heartbeat - but I seriously doubt this government will do that.
UPDATE - The deal was for $35 million in naming rights plus Telus would invest another $5 million in BC Place infrastructure.
The Globe and Mail reports that the Air Canada Centre in Toronto earns $1.5 million a year for naming rights and Montreal's Bell Centre- home of the Canadiens - gets $800,000.
BC had a good deal with Telus.