Sleeves rolled back up

Joyce ready to get back to work for his Hum­ber-Bay of Islands con­stituents

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COR­NER BROOK — Get­ting re-elected may have been the easy part for Ed­die Joyce.

The long­time MHA for the Bay of Islands area was the hands-down win­ner as he re­tained his seat by a huge mar­gin in last week’s provin­cial elec­tion.

The dif­fer­ence this time around is he is not a mem­ber of any party, let alone part of the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

He knows he has his work cut out for him, sit­ting as an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber, but Joyce knows ex­actly what pri­or­i­ties he plans to fight for in his dis­trict.

While a Lib­eral Op­po­si­tion mem­ber and as a Lib­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter, the new re­gional hos­pi­tal had al­ways been some­thing Joyce vo­cally sup­ported. Now, he says he will vow to try and en­sure lo­cal peo­ple get to work on the acute-care fa­cil­ity set to start con­struc­tion later this year.

When the long-term care com­po­nent of the build­ing was started, Joyce stood with lo­cal iron­work­ers in sup­port of their protest out­side the job site where they could not land work.

His other top pri­or­i­ties in­clude get­ting cell­phone ser­vice to the outer Bay of Islands and en­sur­ing more road work gets done, par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas of the dis­trict where dam­age from ma­jor flood­ing in early 2018 is still not ad­dressed.

Joyce is not con­cerned that he will need to find a way to con­vince gov­ern­ment to work along­side him on these is­sues for his dis­trict.

“When I get my teeth into some­thing, I’ll find a way to get it done,” he said.

GARY KEAN/ THE WESTERN STAR

Ed­die Joyce, who was re-elected as the in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­ture mem­ber for Hum­ber-Bay of Islands, looks on in­tently as re­sults be­gin to flow in dur­ing elec­tion night last week.

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