Premier's processing delays threaten teams and organizations in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows: NDP

B.C. Premier Christy Clark. - TIMES files
B.C. Premier Christy Clark.
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Hundreds of community organizations that rely on provincial grants, including five in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, are feeling the pinch thanks to Christy Clark’s government dropping the ball on processing applications, said  New Democrat spokesperson for local government, sports and seniors, Selina Robinson.

“The province is more than six weeks behind, leaving many organizations worried about their financial futures,” said Robinson. “How are they to plan anything without knowing if the gaming grant money they rely on will come through, and how long are they supposed to wait?”

At this moment, 426 organizations province-wide are operating in limbo. In Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, a number community organizations are waiting to hear if they have the money to carry on business as usual. They are:

  • Meadowridge Football Association
  • Golden Ears Winter Club
  • Odeum Theatre
  • Ridge Meadows Associaition for Community Living
  • Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball Association
  • Pitt Meadows Paddling Club

“This is just another example of the Christy Clark government failing to appreciate what these organizations and their volunteers mean for our communities,” said Robinson. “Premier Christy Clark will tell anyone who will listen about our ‘great’ economy while systematically ignoring the effects and value of these community groups.”

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