Dear Editor: In the Jan. 11, issue of The Western Star, Corner Brook Mayor Pender was quoted in an article “Municipalities hoping new hospital will be the best it can possibly be.”
Mayor Pender said in the article that the city does have some concerns that would be specific to Corner Brook when he and council meet with (Health minister) Sullivan about the hospital.
He also said he doesn’t think other communities would be interested in discussing Corner Brook’s concerns about things such as providing water and sewer services to the hospital.
Personally, I don’t agree that is justification for not building alliances with other municipalities and insisting they be at that meeting.
The important issues concerning this hospital go well beyond water and sewer — such as when is the construction going to begin and what health services are the people of the region going to receive in this new hospital?
I’m at a loss to understand why Corner Brook city council would not want the other municipalities involved.
I believe it is time for Corner Brook city council to come out with a definitive statement to Minister Sullivan and the provincial government that the proposed hospital the government is trying to push on the people of the western region is not acceptable and her “we know best” attitude will not be tolerated.
I believe this is the single most important issue for Corner Brook and the entire western region for the next 25 years.
For goodness sake, let’s show some leadership here.
Michael Luedee, Corner Brook