Prov­ince won’t re­lease ski re­sort’s fi­nan­cial num­bers un­til af­ter elec­tion

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - GARY KEAN

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.

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