The Brunswick has finally cuts Off funding for Francophonie Games which is coming soon.
A request for comment to the organizing committee was not immediately returned.
Premier Blaine Higgs told Global News on December 20 that the games “likely won’t happen” after the revelation that the games costs had ballooned from an original estimate of $17 million to $130 million.Higgs says the organizing committee has gone back to the drawing board to try and tackle the budget but isn’t producing the numbers the province wants to see.
“The numbers that we have seen have gone up, not down. I mean, they’re still in the $100 million range, I think, and even higher,” said Higgs.
“We’re not going to resolve this in a financial term that will be acceptable. I think the decision is inevitable, really.”
The situation has caused friction between the new provincial government and its federal counterparts.The province had hoped that the federal government would be willing to pick up more of the tab. But with the federal government appearing unwilling to budge from its commitment to cover half of the games, and with the province only committing $10 million, it’s unlikely the numbers will add up.
Four members of the board of directors of the Francophonie Games resigned in December citing “undue controversy” that led them to believe they no longer had the confidence of the provincial government to continue their mandate.