Slade, Crocker speak out on proposed boundary changes

Melissa Jenkins
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It has been a week since a report outlining possible boundary changes to provincial districts was made public, and two Trinity Conception MHAs that may have to face off for a single seat are speaking out.

Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Sam Slade (left) and Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Steve Crocker (right).

Sam Slade, MHA for Carbonear-Harbour Grace, and Steve Crocker, MHA for Trinity-Bay de Verde, said they were blindsided by the proposed changes released Friday, April 10, but for completely different reasons.

Slade’s district may be completely eliminated, with Carbonear, Bristol’s Hope and Victoria joining Trinity-Bay de Verde, while Harbour Grace, Upper Island Cove, Bryant’s Cove and Spaniard’s Bay would join the Port de Grave district.

Both men have confirmed they will seek the nomination in whichever region they fall into once the boundaries have changed.

The former Carbonear mayor, who won a byelection in November 2013 after the resignation of former cabinet minister Jerome Kennedy, was disappointed to see Harbour Grace and Carbonear split up.

“I’ve been hearing from both districts,” Slade told The Compass. “And people are disappointed. I don’t think the commission got it right at all.”

On Crocker’s end, the Trinity-Bay de Verde district will lose Cavendish, Whiteway, Green’s Harbour and Hopeall. Those communities will join Placentia-St. Mary’s.

The Heart’s Delight-Islington resident won a byelection in November, 2014 after another Tory cabinet minister, Charlene Johnson, moved to Southeast Asia with her family. He’s receiving an abundance of complaints about the communities the district is losing.

“These people are very upset. The majority of what I have heard about so far extends from Cavendish south to Hopeall,” Crocker said. “They in no way at all feel they have anything in common with the Placentia district. Everything we do as a region is somewhat jeopardized when you see, for lack of better words, Route 80 divided in two.”

Slade and Crocker encourage residents to make presentations at the public consultation meetings in Carbonear April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Fongs Restaurant and Whitbourne April 29 at the St. John the Baptist Anglican Social Centre from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more from Slade and Crocker, see the April 20th print edition of The Compass

Organizations: The Compass, Route 80, Baptist Anglican Social Centre

Geographic location: Carbonear, Bristol, Placentia Victoria Upper Island Cove Bay de Verde Southeast Asia

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  • Carbonear Liberal
    April 19, 2015 - 16:43

    Being a lifelong liberal, I find the two way race which is shaping up to be quite interesting. Slade, a long time populous who few skills required to represent our area, is being challenged by Crocker, a relatively unknown yet well educated spoken person who will no doubt be up for a cabinet position. Slade did well on Carbonear Council yet has failed thus far to attract anything of importance to his district since being elected approx. 18 months ago. Sam is not cabinet material but does carry a certain vote that will put him over the top. People in the Carbonear area don't require an elected official to get a job done, to make improvements, they are merely happy for a "yes man" such as Slade. Sam will tell you what you want to hear and thus gains sympathies as a go-getter. But what Carbonear needs is a person to reap benefits for our district and not someone who is just happy to give out certificates and well wishes. Sam is a nice fellow but nice fellow are not always the best fellows. Here's one who hopes Crocker wins.

  • from Carbonear
    April 18, 2015 - 04:43

    Everyone has a rite to Owen opinion, if the mha can't take it they shouldn't be in there position, people have a rite to know what is on each others minds, why hide it it's not the compass fault, they print the thoughts of people, if it wasn't posted, most people commenting here would have nothing to say, let people say what they want, that's why the comments by the compass are put here, am I wrong, I think not, also the government is going to do what they want anyway, its all about money, why don't the so called MHA come here and share there thoughts?????

  • Liberal entitlemtns moaners
    April 17, 2015 - 17:08

    Sammy Claus ain't crowing and puffing out his chest now tell him and steve to whine to Dwight

  • Government Cheese
    April 17, 2015 - 13:24

    Are you serious? Any politician that thinks those comments are defamatory needs a new line of work. Everyone has become so touchy feely and politically correct, it would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.

  • Just Sayin'
    April 17, 2015 - 12:53

    I completely agree with changing the boundaries. Make them multitask like everyone else.

  • Irony Fan
    April 17, 2015 - 11:26

    Funny to see that these guys voted for Bill 42, along with the rest of their party, but are now complaining that their seats are being cut. I guess it doesn't sound like such a good idea to cut the number of MHA's when you are up on the block yourself.

    • Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
      April 17, 2015 - 11:30

      Where did they EVER say they weren't happy their seats were getting cut? You PC supporters are all the same... Make the other candidates look bad. They voted for a fair and just process... This was hardly either. Robert Stack even admitted the reasoning behind it was mostly about numbers... not about representation! Get your facts straight before you start blabbing about stuff you don't know about.

  • citizen
    April 17, 2015 - 11:06

    Finally, almost 2 years as an MHA, Sam has made the news. Not for a significant announcement, not for better services in our area, not for big community grants, but because he will be challenged by Dwight Ball's former executive assistant for his job. Crocker is after all, worthy of a cabinet post. Well spoken, can use technology and will help the area. Now I wonder who Sam will blame the results on, whose fault will it be when he gets little help outside of the few supporters in Carbonear.

    • From Carbonear
      April 17, 2015 - 11:46

      Just what is needed here. Propaganda and slander. How does the compass get away with allowing these types of comments. It's always the same people too. Whenever Sam Slade gets mentioned, the group of naysayers flock, claws out, to take a strip off the MHA (or mayor or pretty much anyone from Carbonear with Liberal beliefs). Obviously, these people don't read the story either. Sam didn't come out of the woodwork because of Steve Crocker. It says in the article it's because of the backlash from constituents. And shame the compass for allowing these ridiculous comments to get approved. There is no merit to them, they're slanderous and childish. I am not a Liberal by any means, but I like Sam. He deserves better.

    • Willy
      April 17, 2015 - 12:15

      "From Carbonear" is exactly right, no media forum should allow such slanderous attacks on an elected official. These people offer themselves with the intention of helping their comm. Yet they are constantly bombarded by comments from those who offer nothing. It has nothing to do with party lines, the liberals do it to the P.C.s and vice versa. And it is the very reason why a lot of credible peole won't offer themselves. Now in this case and MHA Slade, we reap what we sow and it looks like it will be a poor harvest. Maybe Dwight will make it better, but one is doubtful? Can't top what we have been given over the past 6 yrs, aside from the last 15 months.

    • Government Cheese
      April 17, 2015 - 12:29

      I think "From Carbonear" and "Willy" need help understanding the term slander.

    • From Carbonear
      April 17, 2015 - 12:35

      To Government Cheese: Fine, Libel. Either way, it's defamation. These comments are not accurate and they could affect Sam's reputation. That's LIBEL (the written form of SLANDER BTW). I still think the compass needs to screen their comments before posting them. Obviously, this is just generating banter.