Judy Foote, MHA for the District of Grand Bank, is calling on Finance
Minister Loyola Sullivan to treat all provincial parks the same.
Friends of the Park for the only provincial park on the Burin Peninsula have
been asking the government for the funding to put a dumping station in
Frenchmanís Cove Provincial Park," said Foote. " The Liberal government put
a comfort station there and committed to a dumping station, however, before
being able to fulfill that commitment, the PC government came to power.
Since then, the Friends of the Park have written to the minister responsible
for provincial parks, Tom Osborne, requesting that the government make the
same commitment. The message from Minister Osborne is that they will have to
wait until funding becomes available.
"When the Minister of Finance said today in the budget that the
government was investing $250,000 this year in the provincial parks system,
I hoped that meant there might be funds available to Frenchmanís Cove
Provincial Park. Those hopes were dashed when the Finance Minister announced
it was to upgrade La Manche Provincial Park by installing a comfort station
and related facilities to make the park a more attractive destination for
recreation enthusiasts. La Manche Provincial Park is in Minister Sullivanís
"If the Minister of Finance recognizes the need to make La Manche
Provincial Park an attractive destination, certainly he can see the need to
do so for other provincial parks instead of playing favorites with the one
in his own district. Frenchmanís Cove is the only provincial park on the
Burin Peninsula and is used extensively by the residents of the Burin
Peninsula. Unfortunately, the absence of a dumping station has seen many
tourists bypass the park. Todayís budget could have put a stop to that if
the Finance Minister had given the same consideration to all provincial
parks as he did to the one in his district."