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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

Organizations: Dear Editor, Corner Brook city council

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Western Star

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  • Time for a change
    January 19, 2014 - 21:52

    Funny how Mr. Luedee is quick to ignore anything this council has done in support of the new hospital in the short time they have been in office. Seems to me they had been quite active. As a well known Liberal supporter, it is obvious that Mr. Luedee is just looking to make a name for himself by taking pot shots at Mayor Pender. It is really sad that the only way Mr. Luedee can make himself get noticed is by attacking others and their reputations. This council has shown how they are all working together to get things done for the residents of Corner Brook, regardless of political stripe. Too bad Mr. Luedee can not do the same. Let's just hope people see his real motivation which has more to do with getting himself some recognition in the hopes of winning for the liberals in the 2015 election.

  • tellin it
    January 15, 2014 - 07:59

    If I were a town councillor from a neighboring town I would not want to sit in on a meeting with City of Corner Brook discussing water and sewer, zoning, traffic, etc. Issues specific to that City. It would be a waste of my time. Mr. Luedee has been doing a lot of complaining lately and is showing himself to be highly partisan. Trying to build a name for himself before the next election? If Luther or Luedee or a politicians spouse is the best the Liberals can produce Mr. Ball might want to spend some more time finding stronger candidates for the west coast.

    • Luther
      January 16, 2014 - 17:15

      So Mr or Mrs Tellin it, I guess I can put you down as a maybe?

  • TK
    January 15, 2014 - 07:42

    I agree with you Mr. Luedee. The mayor should be reminded that he was, first and foremost, elected to represent the residents of Corner Brook and he should check any political affiliations at the doors of City Hall. Also. this new hospital is not solely a Corner Brook matter but indeed a Western Newfoundland, from St. Anthony to GFW to Port aux Basques, and a Labrador matter. Each and every community included in this area should be contacting their MHA and voicing their concerns.

  • peter barry
    January 15, 2014 - 05:43

    of course our mayor will not say to much because we know he is a pc supporter.time to stand up mr mayor and not stand behind the government when it is obvious what they are doing.