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Mixed re­views from busi­ness com­mu­nity about Long Range Moun­tains elec­tion campaign

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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.

FRANK GALE/THE WESTERN STAR

Dave Walsh, pres­i­dent of the Bay St. Ge­orge Cham­ber of Com­merce, was dis­ap­pointed with the fed­eral elec­tion.

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