Donnelly blasts Heritage Minister for comments after Katimavik program axed

COQUITLAM - Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody) is appalled by Heritage Minister James Moore’s comments in the House of Commons regarding the Conservative government’s move to end funding for the long standing Katimavik program.

“Katimavik has provided Canadian youth from all regions and cultural backgrounds with invaluable opportunities,” said Donnelly. “The Minister’s cavalier attitude towards ending this important youth program is astonishing.”

Today, in Parliament, when questioned by the NDP Opposition, Moore stated, “as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, I have to make difficult decisions and easy decisions. Ending funding for Katimavik is one of the easiest decisions I have ever made.”

Katimavik is Canada’s largest youth volunteer service program. Since 1977, Katimavik has equipped thousands of Canadian youth with important skills needed to enter the workforce.

“For over 30 years, Katimavik has served communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Donnelly. “This is another example of Conservatives leaving Canadians behind by cutting programs for youth.”