Local tourist attractions shut out of JCP funding

Brodie Thomas
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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.”

Organizations: Department of Advanced Education and Skills

Geographic location: Rose Blanche, Burnt Islands, Cape Ray

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  • stephen
    April 30, 2012 - 16:52

    this is politics folks,plain and simple.The southwest coast keeps voting against the government ,and they keep paying for it. Its unfair,however Mr. Parsons should know quite well,the lack of clout from the NL Liberals anymore,and given the fact he is a smart ,decent fellow is all the more reason to cross the floor and get the SWC in sync with the government. Maybe then some funding will come to these vital if not most scenic tourist attractions in all of NL.Please don,t shoot the messenger on this,but I think the SWC would be much better off on the side of the government.

  • maggie white
    April 30, 2012 - 00:19

    please ,what would it take to show this light house to tourist at a small addmission fee. it would also give some student a summer job , it only have to sesonal.

  • wayne osmond
    April 27, 2012 - 21:23

    Prpoer Term for this would be Deja - Bull. Meaning The intuition or cloudy awareness of having seen, experienced or heard this bullshh before. Two years in a row for our Community,Cape Ray.