Feds not play­ing fair ball: MP

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The MP for Avalon says he’s very dis­ap­pointed in the Harper Gov­ern­ment chang­ing the fund­ing rules for recre­ation projects in the mid­dle of the game.

Dur­ing a time when mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and sports groups were looking for­ward to re­ceiv­ing recre­ational fund­ing through the Recre­ational In­fra­struc­ture Canada (RInC) Pro­gram, Scott An­drews claims “the Harper Gov­ern­ment has once again mis­led th­ese groups by chang­ing the fund­ing ra­tio that was stated in Bud­get 2009.”

The gov­ern­ment had an­nounced in the last bud­get, fund­ing through the RInC Pro­gram on a 50/50 ba­sis, the MP re­called.

Al­though not enough, many groups were op­ti­mistic they could ac­cess other fund­ing and do some good work to lo­cal recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties.

How­ever, An­drews says, “this de­ceit­ful gov­ern­ment changed the for­mula and now re­quires ap­pli­cants to come up with two thirds of the fund­ing.”

He sug­gested, “this gov­ern­ment can­not be trusted when they cow­ardly cut their own fund­ing pro­grams that were put in place to as­sist Cana­di­ans and stim­u­late the econ­omy. If the gov­ern­ment can­not man­age this straight for­ward fund­ing pro­gram, I’m afraid that our fish­ery and our econ­omy are in se­ri­ous trou­ble.”

He called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to “treat peo­ple with re­spect and not with the con­de­scend­ing at­ti­tude for which they are known. I hold them re­spon­si­ble to live up to their own com­mit­ments and pro­vide the 50/ 50 fund­ing pre­vi­ously an­nounced in Bud­get 2009,” e con­cluded.

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