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Dear Editor: I would like to comment on the article in The Western Star on Tuesday April 1, about the layoffs at the Bay St. George assessment centre in Stephenville.

Coun. Laura Aylward found out about the layoffs and spoke about it at the last council meeting. Deputy mayor Mike Tobin said there was no consultation with council and he was very upset.

Mayor Tom O’Brien said Stephenville will still have the equivalent of the services the centre provided. How does the mayor know that?

It’s time for the mayor of Stephenville to stand up for the people who are losing their jobs. It’s time to speak up against the government no matter if you support the PCs, the Liberals or the NDP.

The centre is being contracted out and the new owners will be paying less money than the employees are getting now. This is “privatization.”

Western Health is looking for an operator to take over the cafeteria at the hospital in Stephenville. As a result of last year’s budget there were layoffs all over the Bay St. George region and it is time for Minister Joan Shea and MHA Tony Cornect to get off their rear ends and speak up. They were elected by the people to fight for them. I believe they both have failed and it’s time for them to step down.

Dave Kane, Stepehnville Crossing

Organizations: Dear Editor, NDP

Geographic location: Stephenville, Stephenville.Coun

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  • a business man
    April 18, 2014 - 09:21

    I will speak out and let my government representatives know that I fully support these changes. As a general business and political principle, I support government's contracting out work and the ensuing ability of the new operators to pay the workers less. To me, that is efficiency because you get the same work, and often the same workers for less. And in the interest of full disclosure, as a lawyer, I have made lots of money by working with companies that have taken over work that has been contracted out by various governments in Canada. So therefore, I fully support this instance of contracting out, even though I acutally have no idea what the Bay St. George assessment centre in Stephenville is or does. And I could care less. From my point of view, if it can be contracted out, it should be immediately. Period