“LA FOIRE GOURMANDE” HIT BY CUTS TO FED NOR: Angus Says Cons Failing North
June 15th, 2015 - 1:10pm
Charlie Angus is concerned about the FedNor cut to the Foire Gourmande festival promoting Temiscaminge Region’s local agricultural economy. FedNor has been a strong promoter of the program but the decision to pull funding from the festival will impact Northern Ontario producers who participate in the food festival held yearly in Ville Marie.
Angus is worried that this cut is a sign of the Conservative government's steady undermining of regional economic development investments.
“Cutting money from economic development is not how to strengthen or diversify Northern Ontario’s economy. La Foire Gourmande is an example of the northern Conservative MPs failure to stand up for FedNor’s funding.”
FedNor funding has been cut by 25% since this Conservative government came to power in 2006. In addition to these cuts, an additional $14-million of available spending for Northern Ontario has been left unspent. Last year alone 8.5-million dollars was unspent, which was about 22% of the money allocated for FedNor for that fiscal year.
In 2002, FedNor and the Canada Economic Developmemt for Quebec Regions were founding partners of “La Foire Gourmande” because they understood the benefit of strengthening our regional food economy across provincial borders. However, since 2011 FedNor has gradually withdrawn its financial support causing fewer and fewer North Ontario producers to participate.
“The Conservative cuts to FedNor under Minister Rickford have come directly from program spending. They are wrong for our regional food economy and they are wrong for Northern Ontario.”