Mike Alexander’s request to the provincial government at the pre-budget consultations deals with how the government should treat people in the future when cuts are made.
“People matter, how you treat them and communicate with them matters and people shouldn’t have to go through what the people of this area did in last year’s cuts, which were prompted by the closure of the West Coast Training Centre in Stephenville,” he said at the pre-budget consultations held in Stephenville at Days Inn Wednesday.
Alexander told Finance Minister Charlene Johnson that at the end of March last year the provincial government announced the closure of the sport and recreational facility with two days’ notice.
He said a three-month reprieve was granted after a public protest, but the facility was closed at the end of June and all user groups and individuals were left with no place to go.
Cancelled programming displaced opportunities for preschoolers, aboriginals, youth and Special Olympians.
“The manner in which it was handled by government caused considerable grief, sadness, stress, anger and resentment within (Bay St. George),” Alexander said.