Canadian Museum For Human Rights
Brodbeck: If you build it, they won’t come
Human Rights Museum elephant keeps getting whiter
By Tom Brodbeck ,Winnipeg Sun
First posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 09:10 PM CST
Because apparently — at least according to an Abacus Data poll conducted for Sun Media and QMI Agency — the vast majority of Canadians have no interest in it whatsoever.
According to the poll, only 3% of Canadians said they would “very likely” travel to Winnipeg to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Another 12% said they would be “somewhat likely” to travel here to visit it. So at best, 15% of Canadians might travel to Winnipeg to visit this white elephant.
And at what cost? Well, the cost of building this thing is now at $357.5 million when you include the previously unreleased costs of $6.5 million to finish the museum’s theatre and temporary gallery.
Can you imagine spending that kind of dough on a facility the vast majority of Canadians have zero interest in ever visiting?
And that’s just the current capital cost. It doesn’t include the $21.7 million projected annual operating costs the federal government has agreed to pay.
That’s more than a half-billion dollars over the next 10 years.
At this point, though, the money isn’t even in place to complete this museum project. So I’m not sure when anybody will be able to travel here to see it, or what they’ll see when they get here.
The federal government has said it will not put any more money into the museum. And it appears neither the city of Winnipeg nor the province is prepared to sink another dime into it either. It’s anybody’s guess how this facility will ever get finished or what it will look like inside. I’m not sure most Canadians even know that.
Maybe we should ask Canadians the next time around whether they think spending this kind of money on a human rights museum is a wise use of taxpayers’ dollars. It’s one thing to be in favour of the concept of a human rights museum. But it’s quite another to support one with this kind of price tag.
I doubt there would be much public support to build a $357.5 million human rights museum if it was weighed against other more pressing capital projects.
Especially when Canadian cities are grappling with multi-billion dollar infrastructure deficits. How many people would agree that spending this kind of money on a human rights museum is more important than building new hockey arenas for kids, upgrading our public libraries or just fixing our roads?
And that’s really what this story is all about. The controversy here isn’t so much the idea of building a human rights museum. Sure, we could have a debate about what a human rights museum is supposed to accomplish. And I doubt Canadians would arrive at any type of consensus on it.
But that aside, it’s mostly the lavish price, the massive cost overruns and the gross mismanagement of this thing that has people up-in-arms. At least the people I hear from.
It’s the fact their hard-earned tax dollars are being wasted in this way.
Especially when museum officials haven’t exactly been open and accountable with the public on how much this project is going to cost.
I’d be surprised if 15% of Canadians even make it through this museum, if it ever gets finished at all. That’s just over 5 million Canadians.
If they do, I hope they enjoy it. Because it’s going to cost all of us big time.
I will be posting more articles on this topic, and I realize this article is almost a year old.
However this Canadian Museum For Human Rights has been involved in controversy since Day one.
This is one of these stupid ideas that will always be shown to be a bad idea. They create more problems than the alleged public education they hope to promote. A more recent story reported that the list of ” Human Rights atrocities” to be exhibited has been cut dramatically, resulting in a short list of whose atrocities make the list.
IMHO, such museums are tasteless, as what purpose do they serve except as propaganda machines ? As I have outlined in many of my posts, much of Official History is simply fictionalized Bullshit to make the Victors seem as pure and righteous as possible. If there was an alleged atrocity…what are ALL the facts that lead up to it…where the perpetrators simply seeking revenge or justice for what happend to them ? Is the given atrocity a snapshot of an old long standing rivalry ?
It should not be any surprise that this Canadian Museum For Human Rights is located in Winnipeg, which is a major business and media center for the Faux Chosen.
Their “atrocity” has made the short list of exhibits surprise surprise. So has the Holomodor…the Ukranian Mass Starvation which was perpretrated by the Russian Communist, and we know which “group” ran that show. Boy, talk about hypocrisy and a pissing match. Of course, the Winnipeg area has a high Ukranian population so it would not be Politically Correct to exclude them.
However, I feel that this Canadian Museum For Human Rights will be co-pted to focus on one ” alleged atrocity ” and others simply relegated to the backrooms, and that others were originally included simply to make the project more politically palatable and thus get the necessary Gov’t funding.
However, as is the norm….the project has gone waaaaaay over budget, and will be a white elephant for years. Gov’t got sucked in by certain strong lobby groups to pay for a propaganda machine that will benefit ONE GROUP…as you can be rest assured THEY will promote THEIR agenda for continued brainwashing.
Gov’t is in so deep it can’t back out…or that would admit failure on many fronts…thus all the foundation in place for a major white elephant.
More later ….