Government ignores free parking motion: Opposition

Jim Day
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Opposition Health Critic James Alyward is calling on government again to eliminate parking fees at the QEH in Charlottetown.

Opposition Health Critic James Aylward says government has failed to meet the deadline for eliminating parking fees at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

Aylward notes all MLAs, including Premier Wade MacLauchlan, agreed to a deadline of Feb. 1 for government to respond to the Opposition’s motion for government to consider extending the grace period.

The Conservative MLA’s suggested doubling the current 30 minutes of no-fee parking to a full hour, while continuing to push for the full elimination of the fees.

“Parking fees at the QEH impact a lot of Islanders everyday who use the hospital for services and to visit loved ones,’’ Aylward said in a statement.

“Our PC caucus put forward this motion which generated great debate and was passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly.’’

“Perhaps in his haste to head to India the premier left a number of files unresolved on his desk,” Aylward added as an apparent parting shot.  

Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Legislative Assembly

Geographic location: Charlottetown, India

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  • laurent Beaulieu
    February 02, 2016 - 10:57

    Parking fees at hospitals is a problem across Canada, not specific to PEI. Other options might be considered, a reduction in fees and more free time. But to eliminate fees all together means someone will have to pay and this usually means a new tax. There is no free lunch in this world.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    February 02, 2016 - 10:15

    There will be more files left then this I'm afraid . Election promises for liberals and promises for anything mean nothing to this Government . Not to election promises meant much to the last bunch either , but after 8 years it's nearly time the liberal party started following through on some of their past and present promises . Have to start calling the Liberal party the jet setting crowd as they spend more time flying around then they do sitting in the House . Even the feds are having a tough time to live up to their mandate and election promises so i guess we can't expect much better from our Provincial Government .