The provincial government isn't promising to protect provincial operating grants for public libraries. But, despite that lack of commitment, library representatives struck a more conciliatory tone following a meeting with Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid where she delivered the news. In an interview following that meeting, British Columbia Library Trustees' Association president Andy Ackermann told Public Eye the minister was "fully appreciative" of the importance of libraries. However, "decisions have not been made yet on budget. So we'll wait for those. But, I think at the end of the day, we agreed we would work very cooperatively and collaboratively with government to continue to support the library system." The following is a recording of that interview.
July 28, 2009