Last year, Finance Minister Colin Hansen broke with tradition by not purchasing a new pair of shoes for the budget. Instead, he donated $4,000 of his own money so the Salvation Army could buy footwear for needy children. And this year, the minister continued that trend by announcing he would be contributing $3,000 to the B.C. Wheelchair Sports Association's rugby team. That meant a photo-op for the minister, who played rugby with members of that team following the announcement. But does it also mean a boost in funding for sports groups, who were hit with a $10 million cut to their community gaming grants last year? That's the question we posed to the minister, later asking Kathy Newman, the executive director of the wheelchair sports association, how she felt about those cutbacks.
March 1, 2010