Humdrum for some
Mixed reviews from business community about Long Range Mountains election campaign
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. — The president of the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce says the recent federal election was a disappointment in some ways.
David Walsh said many people he spoke to were disappointed neither the Conservatives nor the New Democratic Party ran any kind of a campaign in the Bay St. George area during the lead-up to voting day.
The fact the Conservatives nominated a parachute candidate who doesn't even live in western Newfoundland only added to a lacklustre campaign for the Long Range Mountains riding seat up for grabs.
Walsh said some chamber members were hopeful on the Conservative platform promising to reduce red tape for businesses, which he said would have helped all chamber members.
He said the carbon tax is a worry with the Liberals remaining in power. Businesses already pay enough for garbage disposal in western Newfoundland, he added.
Bob Byrnes of the Downtown
Stephenville Business Improvement Association was pleased incumbent Gudie Hutchings has been returned to her seat in the Long Range Mountains. He said she's a hard worker who has done a lot of good for the riding.
He said it was impressive Hutchings visited just about every place in the riding during the campaign.
“My view is that, if you work hard for the people you represent, then you’re the best person for the job and the riding,” Byrnes said.
He said people must realize a member of Parliament can’t get everything they are asked for but he feels having Hutchings represent the riding means areas will get their fair share.
Dave Walsh, president of the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce, was disappointed with the federal election.