I was out on the 200 block of Royal Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, with
a group of volunteers. We were waving signs that said, "the Liberals
closed Saint Mary's Hospital".
If the reaction we got from the passers-by is any indication, the
Liberal strategy, which is, everyone would have forgotten about the
Saint Mary's closure by now, has failed.
It's also worth mentioning that during the April 25 all
candidates meeting at the Burr Theatre, I said, "I'm surprised that the
Saint Mary's closure hasn't come up more often tonight." The response I
heard from the Liberals sitting in the front rows was, "we're sick of
hearing about it".
Well, it's very inconvenient for these people that the
demolition of Saint Mary's Hospital is under way right in the middle of
the election campaign, and that the location is next to a very busy
Just to reinforce this inconvenient reminder further, there was a front-page story in the May 4 News Leader
with the headline, "Saint Mary's plan on hold." The first sentence of
the article reads, "The former Saint Mary's Hospital is coming down to
make way for - nothing, at least in the near future."
The substance of the story is that Embassy Developments has
taken their plans for the site back to the drawing board, and they
won't have a proposal available for another year.
Well, if Embassy Developments is uncertain about what they
should do with this property, here's a friendly suggestion; put a
health care facility on it.