Arbitration ruling shows MacLauchlan government’s misplaced priorities: Aylward

August 21, 2017

 Arbitration ruling shows MacLauchlan government’s misplaced priorities: Aylward

 Cornwall -  An arbitration ruling against the MacLauchlan government for hundreds of thousands of dollars shows misplaced priorities at a time when the health care system is desperate for funding, says Stratford-Kinlock MLA and PC Leadership candidate James Aylward.

 “We know that we have a crisis on the Island when it comes to timely access to quality mental health services. That makes the role of community groups and non-profits important to help fill the gaps for Islanders in need. Instead of supporting these groups we have a tired, Liberal government that ends up in costly legal battles that cost taxpayers and do nothing to improve access to these badly needed mental health services,” says Aylward.

As part of the MacLauchlan government’s Cornwall Bypass project the Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals, a 79 acre horse farm in Cornwall, was expropriated by the province earlier this year. The Hughes-Jones Centre is a non-profit group providing equine therapy services to at-risk youth and those suffering from PTSD, among other mental health challenges.

This week an arbitration process over how government handled the expropriation process ruled against government, awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation and court costs.

“Low balling non-profits working to improve the physical and mental health of Islanders isn’t the way to build more capacity to help Islanders in need. It’s disappointing that this tired Liberal government places a higher premium on asphalt than it does on the health of its citizens and that’s what we need to change,” says Aylward.

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