Greaves calls on BC Liberal to condemn Falcon’s opposition to building it in Cloverdale
Electing BC NDP candidate Pauline Greaves in Surrey South will help ensure that a new hospital slated for Cloverdale is completed, says BC NDP MLA Adrian Dix.
Dix renewed his commitment to building a $1.7 billion hospital near Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The hospital is the biggest provincial investment in a hospital in BC history and includes 168 beds, an emergency room with 55 spaces, operating rooms, MRIs, CT scanners and a regional cancer centre.
“Pauline Greaves will be a strong advocate for this project that is critical to ensuring that people in Cloverdale and Surrey South will have access to health care closer to where they live,” said Dix. “This community deserves a hospital and an MLA who supports it, not a BC Liberal who will fight to take it away.”
BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon opposes building the hospital in Cloverdale. He told a Surrey-based radio station: “I think the challenge quite frankly with the NDP wanting to put one in Cloverdale, is it's not a great location. I would want to take a hard look at where it's located." (RED FM)
As Finance Minister in 2012, Falcon sold the original land set aside in Surrey, arguing the city didn’t need a second hospital because it was served well enough by Surrey Memorial.
Greaves sent a letter to the BC Liberal candidate in Surrey South, calling for her to condemn Kevin Falcon’s opposition to building the hospital in Cloverdale.
“The best predictor of future behaviour is past performance,” said Greaves. “When given the opportunity, Kevin Falcon sold the land for a second Surrey Hospital. Now that the BC NDP has one underway, he’s threatening to scrap that progress and move it out of Cloverdale. I’m working for you and will help make sure we get it built.”