‘I wanted to get in­volved’

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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.”

Usual top­ics

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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

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.

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