MY OPPONENT: The Community Investment Withholder.
The Higgs government created a 2.4 million dollar Community Investment Fund, allowing MLAs to spend up to $50,000 in grant money on projects within their ridings.
In 2019-2020, Holder spent $8,700 of that money on three projects, leaving $41,300 on the table. (You can read a CBC article about this, here.)
To me, this sends a blatant message that we, his constituents, weren’t worth the bother to find a way to use that remaining $41,300.
Many people in our riding struggle to pay the bills. This gesture by our MLA is incredibly disrespectful.
Holder has spent most of his adult life as a career politician, having been in office since the 1900s. Does he have any idea of the value of money?
You’ve withheld $41,300 from our community, Mr. Holder. Or perhaps a more appropriate name would be Mr. Withholder?