Closing the book?

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.


The grants the Provincial government is going to slash sometime next week were established in 1915. During that time British Columbia has gone through WW1, the Great Depression, WW2, the Korean War, the Oil Crisis, and numerous recessions. This funding has never been cut, and economic bad times often saw it increase as governments of every political stripe recognized the investing in libraries was important during bad times.

All governments except one. Penny wise, pound foolish.

Has this government any values other than the all mighty dollar. For all Libraries and Reading Centres provide they cost the public very little. What a bunch of cheap so and sos.

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