Edmonton MP questioned on RAM funding promise
Published Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:31PM MST
An Edmonton MP has been questioned after a campaign brochure claims the federal government had promised $85 million towards the city's Royal Alberta Museum project.
Laurie Hawn sent out the brochure to his constituents in 2009. It stated he had secured the funding for the project but he told CTV News it was the province that changed their position.
"As I said before, and I will say it again, at that time that was the best information we had on the project. The province changed."
The project was put on hold two weeks ago after the federal government said they would not be giving more than $30 million to the project.
"The deal was never finished because the province changed the project," Hawn said, adding the information he had was from Ottawa.
"That is as far as I'm going to go. Let's concentrate on where we are going, not where we have been," Hawn said.
But NDP candidate Lewis Cardinal said it was disrespectful to Edmontonians.
"In fact, people at the door step were telling me politicians need to be more honest and open about things," he said.
"This is an example of why its difficult to make change through politician action because politicians then get a bad name.This kind of proves this."
Hawn said he would be having further discussions with the province about the project.
"We understand their priorities," he said, "We are working very hard to move forward with them we expect something in the next short number of days to reflect that."
With files from Kevin Armstrong