Joyce questions whether Grenfell
announcement is another election ploy by government
July 27, 2007
Eddie Joyce, MHA for the District of Bay of Islands, is questioning whether
governmentís position related to the establishment of Sir Wilfred Grenfell
College (SWGC) as the provinceís second university is sincere, or simple
politicking on the verge of an election campaign.
"I support the concept of SWGC becoming an independent university," said Mr.
Joyce. "Iíve heard plenty of rhetoric from the premier and his ministers related
to this initiative, but I have not seen any action to back up this concept. I
have questioned the premier and his ministers as to why they refused to move
forward with necessary legislative changes that would be required before a two
university system could be established. If they were truly serious about this
plan, why werenít consultations held with the Board of Regents to hear their
opinions on this initiative before now? Why didnít the premier bring forward any
plans to deal with this before Octoberís election?
"This is the same approach used by Premier Williams and Humber East MHA Tom
Marshall in the 2003 election campaign. In his campaign literature, Minister
Marshall promised that a new state-of-the-art Exhibition Centre announced by the
Liberal Government would go ahead for the Fine Arts building at SWGC. Instead,
even though groundwork such as the water and sewer connections were complete,
the PC Government cancelled this project and erased a valuable piece of
education and culture for the Corner Brook area.
"I have also heard the premier commit several times to the establishment of a
Centre of Excellence at SWGC. The premier committed millions of dollars for this
project, but to date none of this money has been spent. If this government was
serious about strengthening SWGC, I would have expected their actions to back up
their empty words.
"I fear that the establishment of SWGC as an independent university is just
another in a long-list of empty election ploys by this government. I can assure
the premier that I will not let this issue drop. The premier and his ministers
know and understand that legislative changes must be made before another
university can be established in the province and they have so far refused to
make these changes. I hope this is not just another attempt to get votes through