Why won’t the government pay for G20?
I am so disappointed in the way the government is treating the businesses that operate in the downtown core and were damaged as a result of the G20 Summit.
After our government spent over $1 billion, one would assume that our city would have been protected from physical damage, however, that does not appear to be the case. The area inside of the Security fence looked pristine, however, outside of the security perimeter it looks like a tornado blew through, with some areas damaged and other not. I took a walk through downtown and saw many windows either broken, boarded up or in the process of being repaired.
It seems like the security was exclusively to protect the international delegates attending the Summit and the rest of the downtown and city was left to fend for itself.
I can’t understand why the federal government is refusing to pay for the property damage that was caused as a result of their choice to host the summit in downtown Toronto.
They were the ones who chose to locate the Summit at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the heart of our downtown; this was not the decision of the businesses that had their properties damaged. The businesses were just swept up into this mess without a choice; they were just innocent bystanders. I have not yet heard a valid argument for why the federal government should not pay to put our city back into the same condition as it was before the Summit. The government spent an exorbitant amount of money organizing the Summit; the least they could do is pay to repair the property damage that was done during the summit!