Kelvin Parsons, MHA for the District of Burgeo-Lapoile, says he is
disappointed with the lack of funding that has been allocated under the
Community Enhancement Program (CEP) for projects in his district. Parsons
says applications totaling $642,000 were made to government, however, only
$99,000 was approved.
"The need for funding under this year’s CEP is very
significant," said Mr. Parsons. "Instead of government recognizing these
increased needs, it appears they have decided to cut this year’s funding.
This is very unfortunate as communities had planned to undertake significant
projects that would improve local infrastructure and provide much needed
"I am hopeful that government will re-evaluate the funding levels
approved under this year’s CEP. There are many communities throughout
Newfoundland and Labrador that have made a significant attempt to bring
forward worthwhile projects that would benefit local residents and their
general region. Without the necessary funding, most of these projects will
not take place.
"The CEP was designed to help areas of our province that require
short-term employment and local infrastructure upgrades. I certainly do not
feel government is living up to the spirit and intent of this program, and
their lack of investment demonstrates this fact."