Myers raises concerns about funding for Shania Twain concert

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Opposition Leader Steven Myers is astounded by Premier Robert Ghiz's ". . . inability to get his priorities straight," he says, in light of the premier's recent announcement of a concert event in Charlottetown.
"Robert Ghiz is not an event promoter," said Myers. "He's lost any sense of what his priorities should be as premier.

Linda Gallant, the local owner of a seasonal dairy bar, speammittee is holding pks to the standing committee on fisheries, transportation and rural development Wednesday night in Miscouche. The coublic meetings across the Island to hear feedback on federal changes to the Employment Insurance system. Also pictured is committee member and Opposition MLA Steven Myers.

Myers said he should have been announcing job creation and economic development initiatives, not "...riding the coat-tails of a one-day concert event that many Islanders simply cannot afford to attend."

Myers is making reference to the province's decision to support bringing Shania Twain to Charlottetown Aug. 30. Tickets for the five-time Grammy award winning artist are $89.50 for general admission and $179.50 for reserved grandstand seating.

Ghiz confirmed the province is contributing $250,000 through the 2014 fund to bring Twain to P.E.I.

"The sort of economic spin-offs that come with major events, even one-night events like this, are positive. But one-off events cannot be the basis of our economy, though the premier may not understand that."

Myers said Ghiz needs to focus on long-term development and the creation of meaningful full-time employment.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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