While the Harper government continues to startle Canadians with new policies and cost-cutting measures, Tory MPs are going to have the tough task of smoothing some ruffled feathers over the summer.
And nowhere is that more evident than in the Brandon Sun’s readership area.
We’ve already written in this space on how Brandon-Souris MP Merv Tweed will have to sell his government’s relaxed cross-border shopping limits when he is invited to fairs and events in southern communities such as Killarney, Boissevain and Deloraine.
And as we read in the Sun yesterday, the cuts to services at Riding Mountain National Park are perhaps worse than first feared.
Manitoba’s only road-accessible national park will stop grooming ski trails, operating a skating rink, maintaining a skating trail or keeping the backcountry Cairns Cabin open during the winter as part of service cuts that also include limited visitor-safety services during the off-season and reduced visitor-centre hours during the spring and fall shoulder seasons.
Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette MP Robert Sopuck will have to skate around questions raised by people who purchase equipment for use on those trails, not to mention the hotels and other businesses in the area that have operated year-round, partly to cater to the winter-recreation traffic.
While we applaud the feds’ efforts to cut spending and shrink government, we also expect those moves won’t come at a cost to local economies.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 25, 2012