Facility long overdue: MHA
The MHA for Port de Grave has welcomed the announcement in last week’s budget that some money has been allocated to begin design work on a new long-long term care facility for Conception Bay North.
But Roland Butler gives more credit for the long-awaited announcement to the “persistence” of the people ofCBNthan to the provincial government.
“ While government was unwilling to listen to the request initially, the persistence of the people and the numerous petitions made government aware of the problems,” Butler said in a news release.
“It may have taken 19 petitions in the House of Assembly and strong lobbying from the people of CBN, but government has finally recognized the necessity of establishing a long-term care facility in the region,” the MHA noted.
He was referring to the $ 500,000 Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy announced in last week’s budget for site selection for anewlong-term care facility in Carbonear.
Butler recalled an independent assessment committee designated a long-term care facility for CBN to be a number one priority back in 2002. That was when the previous Liberal administration was in office
Butler says he began presenting petitions in the House ofAssembly last spring on behalf of residents in the CBN region.
“It has taken several years for this government towake-up and realize the need for long-term care in our region,” he maintains.
“The hundreds of people who signed the petitions formeto present in the House of Assembly recognized this need and wanted action from government. It may have taken 19 petitions, but finally government has admitted there is a problem that needs to be addressed.”
Now that the initial funding has been announced, Butler is encouraging government tomove forward quickly with the design and planning work for this facility.
“It is not acceptable to delay any longer and the allocated money must be spent.” Anxious to see if actual funding for construction work will be forthcoming in next year’s budget, Butler promised, “government can expect many more petitions to be presented in the House of Assembly if there are any further delays. This government only listens when people are strongly advocating for their cause, and I will ensure they have a voice, he concluded.”