The public hasn’t been informed of any developments regarding the future of the NBM since just before Christmas. While there are likely things going on behind the scenes, the Friends of the NBM and the rest of the public have no idea what’s happening beyond a finite timeline slipping away.
Given the facts that there has been a recent cabinet shuffle, and Fall 2017 (the deadline to get the people and collections out from under the failing roof on Douglas Avenue) is a mere 14 months away, it’s time for a new letter-writing campaign.
The NBM is not in a position to paddle its own canoe. It’s the two departments of the provincial government — both Tourism, Heritage and Culture AND Transportation and Infrastructure — that have all the control and perhaps none of the knowledge of what a museum is and needs.
When the key players can change each electoral cycle and/or cabinet shuffle, the NBM probably has to start over, trying to explain things to new people. That’s likely part of the reason there have been numerous studies since 2000 on what to do with the museum and no corresponding action.
The provincial government are the ones in charge of this situation. These are the people to whom we should be asking questions and sharing our concerns:
Hon. John B. Ames
Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Hon. Bill Fraser
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Interestingly, Bill Fraser’s last portfolio was Tourism, Heritage and Culture, so he should have at least some idea of the situation at the NBM.
Given the possible Canada Post strike, email may be the best way to send our letters.