Sleeves rolled back up
Joyce ready to get back to work for his Humber-Bay of Islands constituents
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.
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.