Statement on Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] Heritage Centre here in Regina is a national treasure. Yesterday we heard the member from Regina Qu’Appelle Valley send out birthday wishes for the 125th anniversary of RCMP Depot Division here. This is where our country’s Mounties are born, and the opposition gladly joins in this celebration. In fact the member from Regina Rosemont had a chance to take in every one of these celebratory events.

But we were alarmed to hear that the federal Conservative government, of whom 13 members hail from our province, cannot get it together enough to ensure this iconic institution has what it needs to properly share the story of the RCMP with visitors from around the world.

This cultural flagship proudly tells the story of the RCMP, but it also has a huge economic impact on this province, estimated at $54 million in Regina alone. It should not be forced to go around with a begging cup and operate on a skeleton staff with less than adequate resources to attract, engage, and educate visitors.
This Sask Party government and this Premier need to do more than hand out platitudes and blow out birthday candles. The Sask Party government needs to step it up in securing support from their federal Conservative buddies and in doing their part to ensure the RCMP Heritage Centre is on strong financial footing. This is important to the RCMP, Mr. Speaker, to our country, to our province, and to this city, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.

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