George Abbott Responds to
'A Call to Renew'
Liberal leadership candidate George Abbott has come out with a firm commitment to Heritage BC and the Heritage Legacy Fund. The commitment was contained in a news release on February 18.
Mr. Abbott said, as Premier, he will make strategic investments to support British Columbia’s network of local heritage organizations. Specifically, he commits to:
• Tripling the Heritage Legacy Fund endowment to $15 million within the next three years to support more grants to local heritage pursuits as well as provide stable funding for Heritage BC; and
• Engaging the heritage community to establish a strategy to ensure the ongoing integrity and sustainability of devolved Provincial Heritage Properties across the province, including sites such as Fort Steele, Barkerville, and Emily Carr House.
Abbott previously announced his intention to restore community gaming grants and eligibility to 2008/09 levels. Together, these measures respond directly to the five action items identified in Heritage BC’s campaign, 'A Call to Renew British Columbia’s Heritage Program'.
Heritage BC will be asking the other Liberal leadership hopefuls if they are prepared to make a similar commitment.
Mr. Abbott’s news release can be seen on his leadership campaign website.
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