Province won’t release ski resort’s financial numbers until after election
STEADY BROOK — There won’t be any update on how Marble Mountain made out financially this past year until after the provincial election.
The Western Star had requested an update on the government-owned ski hill’s performance April 9 and was initially told by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation information would not be available until the end of April.
When that time came, The Star again asked for the latest financial information available and for an interview with either Carmela Murphy, the chairperson of the Marble Mountain Development Corporation, or with Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Minister Christopher Mitchelmore. Neither was made available for an interview.
A prepared statement from the department indicated the minister is the spokesperson for the department, which is responsible for Marble Mountain, but that the minister would not be doing any interviews until after the provincial election.
The department said the government is currently in a caretaker period during the election campaign and no cabinet ministers would be doing interviews during the campaign.
In February, the department did provide an update on how things were going up to around that point. The hill, which had been projecting a net loss of $708,045 from its budget of around $2.43 million, had lost $643,046 by the end of January.
As for the final end-of-season financial numbers, the department noted that the fiscal year for Marble Mountain concluded April 30 and data on finances and attendance at the ski resort would be available once the government’s caretaker period ends.
The Marble Mountain Development Corporation is currently run by an interim board made up entirely of government bureaucrats, including Murphy, with the exception of Tony Abbott.
Abbott, who has held the contract for outside operations at the ski hill for the past three decades, currently serves as the chief operating officer on the board.
The Western Star tried to contact Abbott for an interview, but he had not responded as of deadline.