Bay­plex bat­tles

Prov­ince says it’s com­mit­ted but PC can­di­date says it’s been ig­nored

Cape Breton Post - - News | Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

John White, the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Glace Bay in the up­com­ing pro­vin­cial elec­tion, says the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is ig­nor­ing the crum­bling Bay­plex. “The Bay­plex is an im­por­tant piece of in­fra­struc­ture and it de­serves a cham­pion,” he said.

White said the Bay­plex is im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity, yet no one is do­ing any­thing about the need for se­ri­ous up­grades.

“It’s an im­por­tant fa­cil­ity here in Glace Bay and for me it’s a pri­or­ity.”

But Glace Bay MLA Ge­off MacLel­lan said he has been deal­ing with the Bay­plex for years and brought premier Stephen McNeil, to the fa­cil­ity Wed­nes­day, who com­mit­ted the prov­ince will be there with its share when the CBRM iden­ti­fies costs.

“I’ve had a con­sis­tent line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sig­nif­i­cant con­ver­sa­tions with the mayor and coun­cil­lors re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the Bay­plex,” he said.

“We as the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment have made a com­mit­ment to the Bay­plex when the engi­neer­ing re­port has been fi­nal­ized and costs iden­ti­fied.”

How­ever White said ba­si­cally he feels MacLel­lan has not only ig­nored the com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture, but also ne­glected his home­town

“I am com­mit­ted to fight for bet­ter roads, the Bay­Plex and other com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

He said MacLel­lan is so busy with his port­fo­lio as min­is­ter of trans­porta­tion and in­fra­struc­ture re­newal, he doesn’t have time for Glace Bay.

“Our MLA has been dis­tracted by McNeil’s messes,” he said.

He said MacLel­lan has been con­cen­trat­ing on the costly Bluenose project and Yar­mouth Ferry deal while Glace Bay in­fra­struc­ture crum­bles.

He said the PCs have a plan for lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture through the Re­build Nova Sco­tia Fund.

MacLel­lan said he is dis­ap­pointed in the ap­proach of the lo­cal PC can­di­date with his at­tack on him that has no sub­stance.

He said as a cabi­net min­is­ter he is busy but his pri­or­ity has al­ways been Glace Bay and al­ways will be.

“We had a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in Glace Bay in my last three years in gov­ern­ment but more im­por­tantly I’ve had the abil­ity to help thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als through my con­stituency of­fice and that’s what re­ally mat­ters the most.”

MacLel­lan said the prov­ince has been there for many projects from the Savoy to the Min­ers Mu­seum, South Street Ball Park, dial­y­sis unit and more.

When asked if the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has ig­nored the Bay­plex, man­ager Clarence Rout­ledge said MacLel­lan has not only been sup­port­ive of the Bay­plex since he be­came MLA six years ago but long be­fore.

“Ge­off was ac­tu­ally sup­port­ive of the Bay­plex be­fore he be­came an MLA. He uses the fa­cil­ity, he brings his kids here. Over the years he has sup­ported us in dif­fer­ent ways.”

Rout­ledge said along with CBRM mayor Ce­cil Clarke, MacLel­lan brought the premier to the fa­cil­ity Wed­nes­day.

“The premier was here for over and hour, took a tour and cer­tainly liked the fa­cil­ity,”

He said the premier knew about the prob­lems at the Bay­plex be­cause it had been brought to his at­ten­tion by MacLel­lan.

“I’m pleased the mayor is sup­port­ing the project and the premier said he’ll sup­port it too and I be­lieve him.

“Hope­fully the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment mu­nic­i­pal­ity will get to­gether and sup­port the up­grade of the fa­cil­ity.”

White

MacLel­lan

Rout­ledge

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