Fredericton — Fredericton City Council has voted unanimously to spend $150,000 originally slated for street repair on the purchase of a strip club.
As of press time, the capital city council is the new owner of the iRock All Women Revue on King Street, the last and only spot in the city where exotic dancing is permitted since the North Star Sports Bar Pub closed in 2011.
“Council feels it’s critical to the local economy to have a place that attracts people interested in exotic-dancing entertainment,” city spokesperson Ann Morehouse stated at an early morning press conference.
“This purchase will improve the long-term quality of life in the downtown area and maximize tourism in the city,” confirmed Mayor Brad Woodside. “When well-known political and business figures visit Fredericton, they will have a new place to relax, conduct business meetings, and even entertain clients.”
Some citizens are not happy, however. “The bridges are falling apart and the streets are a minefield,” fumed southside resident Frank Hudson. “They need to paint the sidewalks, not buy a goddamned titty bar where MLAs and the Irvings can have martini lunches!”
Judith Barnes, president of the Pentecostal Women’s Auxiliary, echoed Hudson’s concerns. “Strip clubs attract unsavoury characters and incite dirty, sinful, sexual feelings. Council should be protecting marriages against unholy temptations, not using our hard-earned money to fund them!”
Mayor Woodside disagreed. “It’s not the City of Fredericton’s place to spend taxpayers’ money on legislating morality,” he said. “That would be heavy-handed and just plain wrong.”