In the past few days there has been a number of public responses to the decision to deny funding for the creation of four recreation centers in Calgary.

Below is an updated list of news articles and responses from the community.

This is a letter from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities:



This morning (November 29, 2011), Greg Melchin, the head of P3 Canada released a statement saying that P3 Canada did not make the decision to overturn the approved funding for Calgary’s four proposed recreation centers.

He reiterated that the decision was made at a federal level.



Below is a statement by the Calgary Minor Soccer Association



The McKenzie Towne Community Association released a statement following the decision:

McKenzie Towne Community Association Outraged by PPP Canada Decision

Calgary – The McKenzie Towne Community Association would like to  add its voice to the many opposed to the decision by the  Government of Canada to deny funding for four recreational centres, three of which would be located in Calgary’s southeast.

“The needs of one of the fastest growing communities in Calgary are once again being ignored,” said Margaret McPherson, President of the McKenzie

Towne Community Association. “Our community cannot wait any longer for these facilities – we need action now.”

McKenzie Towne residents and Calgarians are urged to contact their local MPs, especially Jason Kenney for Calgary Southeast at, to express their dissatisfaction with the decision by PPP Canada.

There is also an online petition available to sign at decision-to-overturn-p3-canada-s-a.html .

 For more information:

Margaret McPherson



Members of Parliament, what do you actually do for your constituents?

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Calgary, Alberta – Today is a very disappointing day for hundreds of thousands of Calgarians. It is a day of reflection on the level and value of service that we receive from the Members of Parliament whom we elected in May of this year.

Mayor Nenshi announced earlier today that the application submitted to P3 Canada, an arm’s length body of the Federal Government, for the funding of four recreation centers throughout Calgary, was denied.

This announcement came as a surprise to me. From all of the discussions I have had with various Members of Parliament, each had assured me that our funding application had been approved by P3 Canada and was simply awaiting a final signature from the highest level of the Federal Government.

While in Ottawa this year, I had an opportunity to speak with the Honourable Denis Lebel’s office, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, regarding our application. At that time I received no indication that our application was being contested.

In August of 2011, my office sent a letter to the Honourable Jason Kenney, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Honourable Diane Ablonzy, Honourable Jim Flaherty and the Honourable Denis Lebel, inquiring about the City’s application. I received no response.

In September, I met with Minister Kenney to speak directly on the subject of our application. I received no indication of our application being rejected.

We were assured of a favourable decision leading up to the Federal Election. Following the majority government’s victory we were then strung along, only to learn that the whim of elected representatives, many hailing from Calgary, chose to overrule P3 Canada’s favourable decision. This is a slap in the face to those who helped elect this majority government.

The Federal Progressive Conservative Government has received unwavering support over the past several decades from Calgarians. However, during the last Federal Election, many of our Progressive Conservative candidates opted to ‘work in their neighbours garden rather take care of their own back yard’ and not even step foot in Alberta to interact with voters.

It is time we hold our Members of Parliament accountable and ask, ‘what do you actually do for your constituents’?

Except from Alderman Shane Keating’s media release on the decision of the Federal Government to overturn P3 Canada’s decision to fund four recreation centers in Calgary.


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1 comment
  1. Mike Havery said:

    The prime Minister states this doesn’t qualify, Funny how Halifax got funding from this same fund. I guess where they take votes for granted they feel they don’t have to spend money there. Here is the link to the Halifax article.

    It is time I reconsidered my donations to the Conservatives

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