Health comes be­fore pol­i­tics

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor, This one is for Yvonne Jones. It is very sad to hear Ms. Jones has had to step down as leader of the Lib­eral party be­cause of her on­go­ing cancer.

Al­though I have only met her once, I have fol­lowed her ca­reer in pol­i­tics ever since she failed to win the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion in her district be­cause of the stupid party reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing signed up party mem­bers.

I too was a vic­tim of that fi­asco many years ago. Al­though she lost the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion, she did win the seat as an in­de­pen­dent and that goes to show her de­ter­mi­na­tion and vigour. She later joined the Lib­eral party and ended up as leader.

At the time Ms. Jones be­came the mem­ber for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair. I had joined the PC Party and worked hard to re­build it up from 10 seats to win the gov­ern­ment.

Al­though we were on op­po­site sides of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, I have al­ways ad­mired Ms. Jones as a per­son and a politi­cian who stood up and fought so hard for her district and prov­ince.

I know very well how cancer can af­fect peo­ple’s lives. My only sis­ter passed away 15 years ago with can- cer at age 58. I have had many close friends pass away since that time at young ages. I just re­turned from eight weeks of cancer treat­ment, and, at the present time, I have a nephew and a daugh­ter-in-law and many other friends who are bat­tling this dreaded disease.

While tak­ing my treat­ment I met hun­dreds of peo­ple from all over this prov­ince get­ting treat­ment for all kinds of cancer. I pray for their suc­cess in beat­ing this dread­ful plague.

Ms. Jones did the right thing in step­ping down as leader. Your health is more im­por­tant than any­thing. You are a young per­son and its very im­por­tant that you get well. Not only does your district need you and I’m sure you will keep your seat, but the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador need you. We need a per­son of your cal­i­bre to fight for our rights and help steer this prov­ince in a di­rec­tion. We need a per­son who would make our grand­chil­dren proud. As al­ways, I will be fol­low­ing your ca­reer and your bat­tle with cancer.

Wish­ing you all the best. Get well soon. (Re­tired) Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett,


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