‘I wanted to get involved’
Cabana threatened to take the party to court, but later backed down. He has since joined the provincial Liberals, and plans to seek the party’s nomination in the district of Trinity North, a seat now held by Conservative cabinet minister Ross Wiseman.
“I am with the Liberal party now so I wanted to get involved,” Cabana stated following the meeting.
Cabana referred to the Liberal party as the “government in waiting,” and praised the party for reaching out to voters and listening to their concerns.
He added: “I’m doing whatever I can do to help the party take government and affect change for the better.”
There was the usual list of topics as those in the audience shared their concerns and expectations on issues such as health care, education, the province’s financial situation, and the unpredictability surrounding the oil industry, which has been largely responsible for shifting this province into “ have” status.
There was also plenty of views about this province’s decision to proceed with the multi-billion-dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, and the impact it may have on electricity rates, and the continued uncertainty in the fishery.
The economic divide between rural areas and the Northeast Avalon, increased — some say skyrocketing — spending by the provincial government, and concerns about a plan to implement a regional waste management strategy also made the agenda.
Port de Grave MHA Roland Butler hosted the session, calling it one of the best attended so far. Meetings that were planned for Carbonear and Heart’s Content last week but were postponed due to poor weather have been rescheduled for Feb. 17.
Brad Cabana of Hickman’s Harbour (left) has a discussion with Liberal MHA Roland Butler following a public consultation session in Bay Roberts last week.