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FORSETH: Is this "Recovery" funding simply a slight of hand shuffle of monies from the rural development fund and lottery grants?

           BC Finance Minister Selina Robinson


This government, well just about any government if we truly want to think about it, loves to crow about monies they shell out to communities, along with groups and organizations.

Sadly, far too many people fail to connect the dots; consumer taxes, personal taxes, fees, and revenues that come from the BC Lottery Corporation are where this money comes from.

Call me cynical, but that’s at least the way I see it --- and I always, when seeing the latest media releases from the government, tend to read/review them carefully.

Take this one today.

“B.C. fairs, festivals, events benefit from recovery funding”, which you can find by clicking here

Where did the money for the “
Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund grant” come from?

Already, on a number of occasions, the provincial NDP government of Premier John Horgan has dipped into (or should I say ‘raided’) the BC Rural Dividend program to lavish money on things it was not intended for ... the same has happened with monies from Community Gaming Grants.

Then, we can also be certain that Horgan’s government has
a VERY large slush fund through contingencies, along with it’s Forecast Allowance which as of November 22nd sat at $1 billion dollars.

So, Is this ‘recovery funding’ simply a slight of hand shuffle of monies from the rural development fund and lottery grants? – and if so, what about the communities and organizations that should have received grants from those funds.  I’m guessing they’ll now be short-changed in what is available to them.   

And/or is this simply tax-payer monies they squirreled away so that they could dole out money like gifts from Santa.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t object to what you and I having paid into the government’s coffers, being distributed where, and to whom, needs to receive it.

What I object to is how the government goes about doing it. Which is why I am asking the Minister of Finance, Selina Robinson, this question ... “Where did the money from the ‘Fairs, Festivals, and Events Recovery Fund’ come from?


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