New Brunswick: the government of the Higgs waives the right to present the Games of la Francophonie

Nouveau-Brunswick: le gouvernement Higgs renonce à présenter les Jeux de la Francophonie

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick does not present the francophone Games in 2021.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the first minister Blaine Higgs, who explains the decision by the explosion of the costs of the organisation of the Games and the lack of financial support from the government of Canada.

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The Games of la Francophonie have been granted to the cities of Moncton and Dieppe in 2015. At the time, the budget of their organization has been set at $ 17 million, but the bill early is now $130 million.

The prime minister Higgs has recognized that the francophone Games were a sporting event and cultural role, but he added that his government has been unable to find funding to deal with the explosion of costs in the organization.

Fredericton was committed to spend $ 10 million to these Games, but Mr. Higgs has argued that his government would not go further.

Mp Kevin Arsenau, of the green Party, says that the progressive conservative government has not demonstrated willingness serious to discuss with other levels of government to save the Games.

He also complained that the vice-prime minister of New Brunswick, Robert Gauvin, who is also minister responsible for la Francophonie, and the only member of the acadian government, had been absent from the press conference announcing the cancellation of Games.

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