Politicians offering assistance to constituents where and as they can
Tory MHA Paul Lane dropped into the Reid Community Centre in Mount Pearl shortly before 11 a.m. today and spoke briefly with The Telegram, saying he is trying to keep his constituents as up to date on the power situation as he can, as information becomes available.
MHA Paul Lane at a warming centre in Mount Pearl today. — Telegram photo
“Constituents I’m aware of that are perhaps seniors and living alone and whatever, I’ve been trying to drop in and make sure they’re OK as best I can,” he said.
“Obviously I’m here at the warming centre and I put it out there for my constituents today that if they need transportation to the warming centre, I’ve offered up that as well.”
People are encouraged to contact the city any way they can if they are looking for transportation to the warm-up area.
“I think most people obviously just want to know when we can expect things to get back to normal,” Lane said, when asked what questions he has received most from the people he has spoken with over the last few days.
“There are people, no doubt, who are frustrated. For some people it has been a major inconvenience, for some people not so much — they have sources of heat and so on, perhaps propane generators things like that. But for other people, they’ve had a real tough time. People with small children, perhaps seniors that could have medical issues, things like that,” he said.
“It’s a concern. I think depending on — we’ve heard this whole thing out there on what actually constitutes a crisis and are we in a crisis and I think that can be defined very much on an individual basis and depending on your circumstance and your stage in life — in terms of having health issues and in terms of having small children, things like that, then the level of crisis goes up accordingly."
Lane said he feels the province is into a very serious situation.
“The bottom line is we need to let Newfoundland Power, Newfoundland Hydro do their job, they’re doing a great job, and get us back to some form of normalcy,” he said.
“The other thing obviously is, like most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, I have a number of questions as it relates to exactly what happened, why it happened and was everything done that should have been done to prevent why it happened.
“There’s going to be a lot of questions after this is all over.”
He encouraged his constituents and everyone in the province to continue to conserve energy where they can when they do have access to power.
While Lane spoke with The Telegram, MP Ryan Cleary also stopped into the centre, where less than a handful of people have dropped in so far today.