Riverview Manor delay another sign of misplaced priorities
Montague – Continuing delays to the replacement of Riverview Manor are another sign of misplaced priorities by the MacLauchlan government, says Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers.
“The need to replace the Riverview Manor is clear. The facility is half a century old and showing its age with a leaking roof and other problems affecting the quality of life for residents. It also affects the working environment for staff. Dealing with this should be a priority for government but I guess a new liquor store is more important to the MacLauchlan government than having a dry roof over the heads of our seniors in care and keeping their word,” says Myers.
Plans for a new Riverview Manor were announced in the Capital Budget in 2009. Multiple delays and changes to the Capital Budget pushed the project back from its originally scheduled completion date of 2014. After being re-announced before the 2011 provincial election, Premier MacLauchlan re-announced the project again on the eve of the 2015 provincial election with a promise that construction would begin on the $12.5 million project in spring 2016.
Following an initial round of public tenders the MacLauchlan government quietly shelved the project again until 2017 at the earliest. Following a tour of the current facility this week at the behest of Montague Town Council both Premier MacLauchlan and Finance Minister and local MLA Allen Roach reconfirmed that the project is on hold until new funding options can be explored. Meanwhile plans are moving ahead for a new liquor store in Montague.
“When the Premier promised again before the last election that Riverview Manor would be replaced he didn’t say it was conditional on getting the federal government to cost share the project. There was money set aside in the Capital Budget to replace the manor but now it looks like the Premier and Finance Minister are diverting that money to bigger priorities like the Cornwall Bypass and covering money lost in the eGaming scandal,” says Belfast-Murray River MLA and Opposition Finance Critic Darlene Compton.