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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 

Is Saskatchewan's $7.2 Million Olympic Pavilion Being Funded From A $7.3 Million Cut To Municipal Infrastructure Projects?

Billion dollar budget mistake keeps rural construction projects in limbo

"NDP critic for Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Darcy Furber charged today that the Sask Party’s mismanagement of the province’s finances has left local community infrastructure projects without sufficient funds to be completed. He noted that $7.3 million was recently slashed from the Building Communities Program – created to help communities meet their cultural and recreational infrastructure needs – and is virtually equal to the $7.2 million being spent on the temporary pavilion for the Vancouver Olympics.

“It’s extremely disappointing to witness the Wall government’s misplaced priorities in this area,” Furber said. “The Sask Party is now forcing communities to pay for its billion dollar budget mistake by refusing to assist with infrastructure projects – many of which are already under construction.”

Furber pointed to the construction of the Warman Sport and Cultural Village and the Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon, both of which will soon come to a halt due to ballooning costs and the refusal of the Sask Party to provide increased funding. Furber questioned the Wall government’s commitment to attracting young families to these communities.

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