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The provincial cabinet met in Corner Brook last week for a couple of days. It’s an unusual time for the get-together as the cabinet usually shows up during Corner Brook Winter Carnival festivities.

But it was likely more opportune to convene here in August since Premier Tom Marshall is about to retire from politics after a decade.

The members of cabinet didn’t have those carnival distractions this time around so let’s hope members from other parts of the province got out in the little time they had in our region to get closer to the issues here.

Like all regions of the province we have our own shortcomings and strengths.

The differences in most sectors of our lifestyles are stark enough for anyone to see if they bother to look.

Take health care for instance. Those close enough to the capital have all the services at hand — the best of everything in this province is located there.

There is little travel required and the cost of getting treatment is miniscule compared to a patient travelling from Stephenville or Cox’s Cove or wherever on this coast.

These cabinet excursions are often dismissed as just another waste of time and money by politicians trying to build support for the next election by showing their faces in different parts of the province.

This visit offers the PC cabinet members a chance to prove that is wrong by making this one count for something.

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Stephenville

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