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MPP Gates calls for support to Chippawa library facing closure

Closure a "significant loss," Gates says
Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates.

QUEEN’S PARK - NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) issued the following statement today regarding the recent closure of the library branch in Chippawa:

“The closure of the Chippawa library branch is a significant loss for our community.

A library is more than just a place to borrow books; it is a community hub, a place of learning, and a safe space for all. The burden on local municipalities and library boards has grown significantly. This is largely because the public libraries operating grant has not been increased by the provincial government in over 25 years.

Our libraries are being neglected by Ford’s Conservatives, and our communities are suffering because of it. Libraries are the heart of many communities, and this Conservative government doesn’t seem to care. We deserve a government that understands the value of libraries, public services and invests in them.

This closure is a slap in the face to every person that believes in investing in public services. We urge the government to step up, actually help the people of this province and increase library funding. Every community deserves a thriving library branch.

This isn't just about books – it's about the future of our communities.”