Lost In Transition? What is future of local projects?

It’s been little more than a month since the United Conservative Party (UCP) earned a majority government in the provincial election, and less than a week since the new government sat in its first legislative session.

The Kenney government has its legislative dial set on repeal, with the carbon tax days being numbered.Butthisisn’taneditorialchimingin on the relative merits or pitfalls of any particular policy brought in by the NDP in their four years, nor the merits or pitfalls of those policies that will be first to fall under the UCP.

Our perspective is always a local one, so what we care about, and what we are hearing about, are initiatives and projects that are most important to locals. And in transition there is always a concern that projects or initiatives launched under a previous government will survive the shifting priorities under a new regime.

During the all-candidates forum held for the provincial election one resident, Lynda Jonson, expressed a concern about the fact that long-

term care beds still weren’t a reality at the Hinton Continuing Care facility, despite being mentioned in fall 2017.

We’ve made some initial inquiries about this concern – to determine the accuracy of the statement and to ask if there are no long-term care beds established yet, then when … and if they are notcoming,thenwhy?Andifthefutureoflong- term care beds in Hinton is not yet determined, then which direction will the new government take with the issue?

Let’s not forget that in the weeks leading up to the 2015 provincial election the then ruling Conservatives announced an expansion to what was then called the Good Sams Mountainview Centre. That expansion plan was discarded by the NDP. This has been a pressing local issue for some time, and has spanned three separate governments as our Town demographic continues to trend older. And long-term care isn’t the only pending issue for locals, at least as we hear it.

We just received an email this past week from a reader concerned about delays and cancellations to announced upgrades to Hwy. 40 north between Grande Cache and Hinton.

Somebody else last week was wondering, with the summer tourist season ramping up, what will happen to the announced upgrades in our local provincial parks? The NDP had announced funding for some upgrades to facilities and amenities, including the visitor centre at Kelley’s Bathtub. Will the scope of that commitment change under a new government?

High profile political pinatas like the carbon tax had its fate discussed at length in the campaign but, these localized projects driven by provincial funding may not have received the full attention of a transitioning government. Their fates may not be determined in the broader sense.

Are there other announced pending projects tied to provincial support you want us to follow up on? Drop us a line at reporter@hintonvoice.ca or better yet stop by Voice World Headquarters at 209 Pembina Avenue.