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Public libraries use CAP funding to bridge the digital divide between those Canadians who cannot get or afford access to electronic information and those Canadians whose access to information is as accessible as their home computer and high speed internet connection.
Larger library systems may be able to reallocate funds and thus maintain the same level of service and equipment that all communities deserve. But replacing the CAP budget money will come from somewhere else. The cut to CAP funding could mean a reduction in book budgets, facilities maintenance budgets, or staffing budgets if these libraries are to maintain current levels of electronic access and equipment.
Librarians and the communities they serve understand the need for fiscal responsibility. It is hard to see, however, how denying information to our most vulnerable populations and to economically depressed and rural areas is a responsible answer to budget problems.
The BC Library Association urges the Federal Government to re-examine this decision in order to ensure that all Canadians continue to have critical access to the current technology infrastructure in their communities.
If you could write a simple letter or email to Industry Minister Christian Paradis, hopefully we can turn this around. (You could also cc your MP at the same time.) This URL will show you how to contact Minister Paradis: http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=170204&Language=E