Premier promises extra $10 million for hospital
South Peace News
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has promised an extra $10 million for the High Prairie Hospital.
That is, if he lives up to his words spoken in the Alberta Legislature during Question Period Nov. 26.
Stelmach was responding to questions from Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft during a heated debate.
“I know where we can find $10 million to give towards the hospital,” said Stelmach. “He can say no to the Go Centre. Then $10 million can go to High Prairie immediately.”
Taft, who says building hospitals is more important than recreational facilities, agreed.
“Consider it done,” said Taft. “Go ahead. Live up to your word in this Assembly.
“It’s done. It’s done. You’ve got my approval,” he added later.
“Good,” said Stelmach. “That’s another $10 million that’s going to go towards the project. . .”
The Go Centre is a south Edmonton recreation centre comprised of indoor court sports, gymnastics and other recreation opportunities.
The news has George Keay, who heads a High Prairie hospital planning committee, ecstatic.
“I think I’ll send Mr. Stelmach a thank-you letter for getting us another $10 million for our health facility,” says Keay.
“I think he’ll keep his word and we can get on with construction.”
Construction on the hospital is delayed and no one knows for sure when it will restart. The delay arose when it was discovered more pilings were needed at the site, located in Peavine Estates in High Prairie’s east end. The contractor doing the work needed more money to complete the job so it was agreed to retender the job.
“It came in at 181 per cent higher than the original tender,” said Calahasen in a Nov. 26 South Peace News story.
Keay says the recent $10 million commitment should mean the hospital will move forward immediately once the new tenders come in and are awarded.
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