A Newfoundland Liberal member of the house of assembly wants the provincial government to pay the cost of repairing damage done in a Christmas Eve storm.
Marshall Dean, MHA for The Straits-White Bay North, says the communities of St. Lunaire-Griquet, Great Brehat and St. Carols were the communities hit hardest by the storm that lashed the Northern Peninsula on Dec. 24, destroying fishermen’s sheds and wharves, and that the provincial government should treat the damage claims the same way it handled compensation for damage done by hurricane Igor.
“It’s a smaller scale in terms of the geography that it covered, but very similar in terms of damage,” he said. “It’s important that the government steps in and assists the people and show that they’re there to bring things back in order.”
Dean said any time of year is an awful time of year to suffer a storm, but it’s particularly unfortunate during the holidays.
“Government is practically shut down, as most things are,” he said. “So it’s important to hear from the government that they know it’s there.”
Dean has contacted Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien to ask for a commitment that the department will treat claims as seriously as Igor compensation.
“In the St. Lunaire community, everything that was on the waterfront basically was destroyed, and the remnants of it all came across the road and ended up on people’s lawns,” he said. “The minister and I agreed that it needs to get done, and his department is aware of it, and … hopefully we can expect government, from a municipal affairs level, to come through and see that the repairs are done."