Donors giveth, government taketh away

Kudos to Calgary Mayor Nenshi for speaking out on the provincial budget cuts that affect Mount Royal University.

Of course, whenever we read about anyone protesting budget cuts, our eyes glaze over.  Of course there will be whining when budgets are cut.  Of course budget cuts are unfair.  They always are.  Nobody likes them.

However, Mayor Nenshi pointed out that the cuts may affect programs that occur in a venue that was made possible by significant private donations.  How do you message that to a donor?  “Thanks for the theatre, but turns out we don’t need it anymore.”

Mayor Nenshi put it especially eloquently when he said that he hoped “that other potential donors will not be put off by the possibility that the intent of their generosity may be lost to provincial politics.”

 

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