mixed reaction after n b pulls out of francophonie games

Mixed reaction after N.B. pulls out of 2021 Francophonie Games

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While many are disappointed the New Brunswick government has backed out of the 2021 Francophonie Games, many seem to understand the need to do so: because of the costs.Taxpayers say it’s unfortunate, but the decision is understandable.“I was very, very disappointed because I know that, for the French minority, like I make part of, it’s a minus for our culture,” says Marie-Mai Jacob. “I understand because we have so many things we have to pay (for), like the education system, health care.”Story continues below

READ MORE: New Brunswick cancels plans to host 2021 Francophonie Games“I wish that we could have (the Games),” says resident Brian Fontaine. “But again, as long as it’s going to bankrupt the province when it comes to the taxpayer paying the bill, then I agree with the government cancelling the Games.”In a statement, Isabelle LeBlanc, the director of communications for the City of Moncton said, “Though we respect the decision, it is unfortunate that the higher levels of government could not reach a suitable agreement on cost sharing the event.”“This would have been the largest event ever to be held in our region.”WATCH: New Brunswick cancels plans to host 2021 Francophonie Games