MPP Mantha says Doug Ford makes callous cuts affecting Northern libraries - 2019-04-26
ALGOMA-MANITOULIN – Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha calls cuts that the Ontario government has made to Northern libraries, specifically to Ontario Library Service-North, as callous. One of the effects this has had already is with the popular inter-library (book) loan program which has been suspended until at least June 1.
"Doug Ford's first budget has hit Ontario families pretty hard, but it seems that Northern Ontarians are taking several extra whacks which will make life even harder for us here in Algoma-Manitoulin," said Mr. Mantha. "Ford's first budget attacked areas such as education, health care, community and social services and other public services that Northern families greatly depend on. Now it seems that Doug Ford and his (Progressive) Conservatives are cutting funding for the Ontario Library Service-North by 50 percent."
"Doug Ford's cut to our public libraries will force them to scurry to find alternative funding sources, force them to make deep cuts to programs and services and force them to do with less," said Mr. Mantha. "He'll make it harder for Northerners to get the books they're looking for and for libraries to provide programming and resources Northerners deserve. By doing this, Doug Ford is also putting Northern library jobs at risk."