Burgeo-La Poile MHA Andrew Parsons is calling for an explaination after many communities and organizations in his riding were denied JCP funding.
The Rose Blanche lighthouse will be closed this season due to a lack of funding.
“First, government delayed making any announcements on JCPs for over a month,” he said, “now, they have decided to not provide funding to many organizations and have yet to provide any explanation.”
Among the tourist sites rejected for JCP funding were The Rose Blanche Lighthouse, Burnt Islands' Hook and Line Interpretation Centre, and the Cape Ray Lighthouse.
“The government has an extensive tourism marketing campaign, but they are cutting the legs out from under many organizations that provide our world-renowned tourist experiences,” said Mr. Parsons. “It’s impossible to see any logic in that.”
Mr. Parsons noted that local employees of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills have been removed from the decision making process, with all decisions now being made on Confederation Hill.
“Any local input has been removed as this government continues to insist that they know better than anyone else,” said Parsons. “It’s a symptom of a government that has been in power for too long and becoming very insular in their approach to governance.”