News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
Posted October 6th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Queens Park, Toronto – Wayne Gates, NDP MPP for Niagara Falls (a riding that also includes Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake) rose in the Ontario Legislature this October 6th and pressed the Government to fulfill its promise to build a new Niagara Falls hospital.
Gates noted that the (province’s) Liberal Government announced funding for the hospital during his by-election two years ago but the project has yet to be approved beyond Phase one.
“They have their Phase 2 plan that now shows specifics of what will go into each unit ready to be submitted in November, but they can’t do that yet. They can’t submit their Phase 2 plan because phase 1 hasn’t been approved yet. That is simply unacceptable.”
“They rolled out a banner which, today, looks so faded you can barely read it, and put a planning grant in place,” said Gates. “This government needs to take action to ensure this new hospital is built quickly. The Phase 1 plan is in, so let’s get it approved. When the Phase 2 plan is submitted, let’s make sure it is approved as quickly and safely as possible.”
Gates followed the statement by talking directly with Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins about the approval process. He finished the statement by calling for the project to utilize local tradespeople and small businesses.
“Let’s use local tradespeople, engineers, architects and labourers to complete this project, so that we share its economic benefits with their families. Let’s source out materials locally, wherever possible, to help keep our hard-earned tax dollars right here in Ontario. Simply put, Mr. Speaker, let’s get this hospital built now.”
(A Brief Comment from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – It is good of Wayne Gates, in the above news release, to at least call this proposal for a new hospital what it is – a “Niagara Falls hospital.”
I can think of very few residents in Welland or Port Colborne or Wainfleet, in particular, who feel this is anything but a hospital in and largely for Niagara Falls that is being proposed here. They certainly don’t see it as one that would be built in a convenient location for them, if and when the Niagara Health System closes what is left of the existing hospital in Welland down).
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