Wednesday, March 27, 2013
SHEA FAILS STEPHENVILLE... AGAIN
A major let down for the Stephenville area.
Local MHA and Cabinet Minister Joan Shea has failed to save the area's recreational hub.
As of tomorrow, the West Coast Training Centre will close its doors.
The surprise news was contained in the 2013 Budget. Area residents are in shock. There was no consultation or discussions with staff of the community.
The facility is home to many sporting an exercise activities including Martial Arts, Special Olympic training and special programs for seniors.
Over the years, I worked diligently with my former boss, Kevin Aylward to enhance the facility. As a cabinet minister, Kevin fought a succession of recommendations over tough budgets in the cash strapped 1990's to keep the facility from closing. It was a deal breaker for Kevin. If Shea still had an ounce of commitment to the community she supposedly serves, she would never have offered up this vital recreational facility.
Shea might have won the election in 2011, but the legacy of the College Headquarters, The Provincial Library Board, enhanced water, sewer, road infrastructure, the hospital the stadium, library and the modern pool are all Liberal doings.
With two local MHA's on the government side, you can bet that this is a done deal. They will not be presenting petitions on behalf of the seniors, youth, judo clubs or the special Olympics users. The closure would not have been green lighted without the agreement of Shea.
The closure is a shameful example of an uncaring ineffective member that puts her loyalty to the Premier before the interest of her home community.
Great to have your member on the government side, but you need your government members to be willing to put on the line sometimes.
With friends like these in government, who needs enemies.