CORNER BROOK Tony Buckle recognizes the challenges facing the City of Corner Brook, including aging infrastructure, the viability of the Pepsi Centre and attracting new business to the city. However, as a candidate for city council, Buckle said the construction of a new hospital and long-term care facility is at the top of his agenda.
“The biggest issue facing Corner Brook right now is the development of the new hospital,” said Buckle in a press release announcing his candidacy. “I fear that previous councils have been too close to or too afraid of the ruling provincial government to ask the tough questions.”
Buckle said with an aging population, health care could not be more important. He also said spinoffs from the project would certainly help economic development in the region.
Buckle is a lifelong resident of the city who has served with a number of organizations, including the Corner Brook West Sports Club (Monarchs), Corner Brook Winter Carnival, Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Victorian Order of Nurses and Kinsmen of Corner Brook.
“I consider myself a builder, first and foremost,” said Buckle. “For many years I’ve worked building homes here in Corner Brook. It’s been tremendously rewarding taking a bare piece of land, creating something and then watching a family move in.”
He also said it’s been an education. “I’ve learned about the pitfalls and opportunities that exist for development in the city.”
Buckle said his ideal councillor is someone who is honest and straightforward with residents, who has no hidden agendas and no ego.
“I want to be that councillor. I’ve always had the interest and energy to do it, but now I’ve got the time. I’d consider it an honour to serve.”