Ontario’s sports minister visits Windsor to re-announce $2.5M FINA grant

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Windsor Star/Doug Schmidt

Just in case there were any doubts when the Liberals first announced it in their provincial budget eight weeks ago, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau was in Windsor Monday to re-announce the $2.5 million the city is getting to help host next year’s 25-metre world swimming championships.

The first question Coteau was asked by reporters: Why isn’t Windsor getting the $3 million it had planned to receive from the province.

“Two-and-a-half-million is a pretty good investment,” said Coteau, adding his government only has “a certain amount of money” and that it was a matter of finding “that right balance.”

Mayor Drew Dilkens thanked the minister for the “giant cheque” coming Windsor’s way (the minister said that cheque, to be paid out in two annual instalments, wasn’t actually ready yet). Despite the shortfall, Dilkens said it was “still our goal to work within the budget.”

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