Editor: I am writing this letter because I am concerned about the proposed 40% reduction in funding to non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) on P.E.I.. NGO's provide services for many of P.E.I.’s developmentally or physically challenged or marginalized citizens. The recent deal between the federal and provincial governments proposes that the new Canada Job Grants training program use money that is presently being provided to NGO's for their operational expenses.
I am a retired schoolteacher and have lived on P.E.I. my whole life. I worked with developmentally challenged persons for most of my career and am presently on the Board of Directors of Tremploy. It is very disturbing to me that both the federal and provincial governments would agree to take money from organizations that help some of the most vulnerable citizens in our province.
I do not disagree with introducing a new job training program, but funding for this program should be new funding and not taken from existing programs that help our vulnerable population. I have heard it said that a society can be measured by its attitude towards educating its young people and how it treats its most vulnerable/marginalized citizens.
Well, I am not impressed with the powers that be with how they plan to treat those that are generally unable to advocate for themselves. I hope that many people such as myself protest this new development and that both levels of government will rethink this policy and come up with a better plan so that NGO's and similar organizations will not be unfairly dealt with.
I am deeply upset about this and I hope that if readers are also concerned that they contact their local MLA, MP, the premier, and the federal minister of finance to let them know your concern.