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One million for Jumbo frustrates MLA

MLA Michelle Mungall voiced her frustration with the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development during question period Monday.

The local MLA was asking why the Liberal government has committed $1 million to a town with no residents, instead of investing in the healthcare and education priorities of Kootenay communities.

“The government found $1 million for this fake municipality without a single resident, said Mungall referring to Jumbo Glacier Resort municipality. She then listed Kootenay priorities she has raised in the Legislature that the Liberals have ignored.

“The government said that they could not afford $1 million to help victims of the Johnson’s Landing mudslide with a buyout program similar to the one offered to North Vancouver residents in 2005. They also said that they have no money to run the CT scanner at Kootenay Lake Hospital 24/7 or literacy programs in the region or for Trafalgar School and Selkirk College.”

Mungall’s concerns about the Liberal’s priorities were echoed by fellow Kootenay MLA Norm Macdonald.

Jumbo municipality will get $200,000 a year in provincial funding from 2014 through 2018, for a total of $1 million during the five years.

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