Rogers looks for tourism action from Minister
Today in the House of Assembly NDP Tourism, Culture and Recreation Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) pressed the minister to take action on concerns facing operators in the tourism industry.
In light of the Federal government’s cuts to Parks Canada sites here in Newfoundland and Labrador, the minister said he will ‘refocus’ efforts within the department.
“It’s unfortunate we have a federal government willing to blindside our provincial government with these cuts,” said Rogers, “but now the minister must act quickly so tourism operators know exactly what to expect for the summer season.”
Another issue affecting the industry is SWASP and JCP funding, invaluable to many operators; applications should be processed earlier. In the case of JCP funding government is not keeping up with the demand in the tourism industry.
“The funding announcements arrive too late, leaving businesses and organizations in a state of uncertainty while the tourist season fast approaches,” Rogers said in the House today. “I left the estimates meeting with the impression that there is a lack of coordination between departments on these programs.
“While the apex for our tourism season is fast approach the Minister seems to be okay with leaving industry stakeholders waiting for answers and doing with less,” said Rogers. “The situation they face with flawed SWASP and JCP funding has just been made worse by federal cuts. “This government must take action to support the industry immediately.”