Health comes before politics
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,