Support for Literacy ProgramsPublished on 10 June 2014 Hansard and Statements by Senator Catherine Callbeck (retired)
Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
In recent weeks, the Conservative government has rejected funding proposals from provincial literacy organizations across Canada. These groups had been receiving core funding for literacy, but the government indicated it was moving to project funding instead. Last year, the groups were asked to submit their proposals. They sent them in. Prince Edward Island did a joint proposal with New Brunswick. They were told the decision was going to be made quickly.
One year later, these organizations started receiving their rejection letters. This has been a tremendous blow to these organizations. They are really up against the wall. They lost their core funding. Now they have been rejected for project funding.
Why is the government turning its back on these literacy organizations?