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Terry Loder, MHA for the district of Bay of Islands, will seek re-election next year.
By Cory Hurley
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK Terry Loder says the Bay of Islands district is reaping the benefits of “his way.”
The Bay of Islands Conservative member in the House of Assembly was criticized this week by former Liberal member Eddie Joyce for not standing up for issues in the district. Joyce said he will be seeking the Liberal nomination for next year’s election, and is expecting to regain his seat.
Meanwhile, Loder says he also plans to run again, and accepts the challenge of what would be the second straight campaign involving both men. However, what he doesn’t accept is the criticism.
“He has his approach for attacking things, and I got mine,” he said. “I think mine is obviously the better way, because you can see the results of it. We are getting major work done, and working great with the premier and all the department heads and ministers in St. John’s.”
Loder cited the millions of dollars in infrastructure work that has been put into towns up and down the north and south shores of the Bay of Islands. He also said there has been approximately $7.5 million put into the highway system — topping what he said was $2.5 million spent on roads between 2000-2007.
“I think (Joyce’s) is a loud or aggressive approach,” he said. “Looking back now, let’s just take transportation, what was invested in seven years when he was in government and so many years with us as PC government, we tripled the investment.
“Of course, these cuts across the road, they weren’t there in his time of political work. That was there 20 years before that, so nothing was done on the roads for years and years and years.”
His reaction to hearing Joyce would be seeking the nomination to run against him?
It is a democratic process, he said.
“I am looking forward to the next year, and I will keep working hard,” he said.
“We can’t take anything for granted. I will continue to work hard, as I have done for the last three years. We will see when the election comes.”
Loder said the positive working relationship between the four local MHAs — himself, Premier Danny Williams, Tom Marshall and Darryl Kelly — has led to many projects and initiatives throughout Corner Brook and the surrounding area.