Northern Peninsula Joint Council focuses on the issues
Meeting held Oct. 14 in Anchor Point
There was no shortage of issues for the Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council to address during its Oct. 14 meeting in Anchor Point.
Ten of its members attended the meeting, including mayors, deputy mayors and councillors from Roddickton-Bide Arm, Main Brook, Flower’s Cove, Englee, Hawke’s Bay, Anchor Point and St. Lunaire-Griquet.
The joint council includes all municipalities from River of Ponds to the north.
The joint council’s chair Gerry Gros, mayor of Anchor Point, went through some of the main issues discussed during the meeting with the Northern Pen.
They are highlighted below. Status of northern tax
In May, the Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council sent a petition to the office of Gudie Hutchings, MP for Long Range Mountains, requesting that towns on the Northern Peninsula be eligible for the Northern Residents Tax Deduction due to their remote location.
They hoped the petition would be brought to the attention of the Canadian Parliament.
However, Gros says they’ve received no response from Hutchings and, as far as they know, it’s never been presented.
“We’ll be following up on that, contacting her to find out where it’s at and why we haven’t heard (anything),” he said.
One of the joint council’s main arguments is that there are federal employees living in the area – such as RCMP officers and people working for Crown corporations – that are receiving remote allowances.
“So obviously they think that it is more costly to live up here,” said Gros.
The joint council is questioning why federal employees
A number of municipal leaders on the Northern Peninsula attend the Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council Meeting in Anchor Point Saturday, Oct 14. Back, from left: Roddickton-Bide Arm mayor Sheila Fitzgerald, Main Brook councillor Ben Wiper, Flower’s Cove mayor Keith Billard, Englee mayor Stephanie Fillier and Hawke’s Bay deputy mayor Thomas Patey. Front, from left: Main Brook mayor Barb Genge, Hawke’s Bay town clerk/manager Nina Dredge, Anchor Point mayor Gerry Gros and St. Lunaire-Griquet mayor Dale Colbourne. Missing from photo: Roddickton-Bide Arm deputy mayor Della DeMoss.