Mill River deal shows misplaced priorities of MacLauchlan Liberals: MacKay
Kensington – Kensington-Malpeque MLA and Opposition Economic Development and Tourism Critic Matthew MacKay says the deal to sell the Mill River golf course shows the misplaced priorities of the MacLauchlan government.
“It’s good to see the private sector taking the lead on jobs and growth in West Prince but the terms of the deal have many Islanders scratching their heads. Government should get out of the golf business but it shouldn’t cost Island taxpayers more than $9 million to get rid of a single golf course,” says MacKay.
The MacLauchlan government has announced plans to sell the Mill River golf course, resort, fun park, campground and all related land to private sector operators for $500,000. As part of the deal the province purchased the resort from Rodd Hotels for $1.8 million to include as part of the sale. The province will also commit $7.6 million over the next twelve years to cover capital upgrades and operating losses.
“I’m hopeful that the new operators will be successful long-term in generating jobs and growth in West Prince for the tourism sector. I just wish that this government could find a way to get out of the business of owning golf courses that doesn’t cost Island taxpayers millions of dollars more,” says MacKay.