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Eddie Joyce is seen in this file photo.
Eddie Joyce will carry the Liberal banner in the Bay of Islands in the next provincial general election.
Joyce, the current MHA for the district, was acclaimed by the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador after he was the only candidate to submit nomination documents for the district.
The nomination process ended at noon on Monday.
Other candidates acclaimed during the nomination period were Tom Osborne and Cathy Bennett. The two were the only people to file papers in St. John’s South and Virginia Waters, respectively.
Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce is always ready to weigh in on provincial issues. Here’s a sampling of what he’s had to say over the past year.
— On the closure of the West Coast training Centre in Stephenville, July 3, 2013:
"Government has abandoned the residents, both providers and users, of the Bay St. George region by arbitrarily closing the facility. What options are left for those people?"
— On being interim leader of the Liberals, November 25, 2013:
"If the situation came up again and I happened to be in the same position and I was asked to do it, I would definitely do it. As a full-time leader? No.”
— On possible cutbacks to ultrasound services for the new hospital, December 10, 2013:
"Over and over again, this government proves that right-sizing really means downsizing. It's another example of a continued lack of planning which will result in the denial of basic services and what will become standard for health care in the future."
— On plans for the new western region hospital, January 2, 2014:
"The lack of commitment to provide a first-class hospital for the western region is a terrible disappointment. It is very disappointing for me not having an open, up-front, educated discussion on it all.”
— On the regional land-use plan, March 25, 2104:
"I will tell you what is shameful: $650,000 paid, as part of the premier's co-campaign manager, for a report — $650,000 — and the report sent back to a defunct committee.”
— On Susan Sullivan being shuffled out of the Health portfolio, May 2, 2014:
"She always portrayed lowball numbers, and sometimes wrong numbers. The numbers that Susan Sullivan was presenting to Tom Marshall and Frank Coleman were not accurate, and absolutely no doubt Susan Sullivan was embarrassed by all of this, and no doubt Tom Marshall lost confidence in Susan Sullivan."