Fair is fair, says council

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Supporting one doctor’s office and not another’s is something McLennan town council just can’t do.

Especially when one doctor is local and the other is not.

It was the unanimous decision of council after denying a request from Falher and Area Community Association of Professional Services [CAPS} Falher Medical Clinic for financial assistance.

CAPS presented a budget of $35,000 for consideration, and asked for contributions from Smoky River area municipalities. Council heard the M.D. of Smoky River gave $10,000 while the Village of Girouxville denied any contribution.

Councillor Sue Delaurier was first to oppose.

“This is a private organization, she said. “The Town of Falher started this organization. The problem I have, if we give them [money], who will help us out?

“Now they’re asking it to be a Smoky River…[clinic],” she added.

“When something happens, all of a sudden it’s regional,” Delaurier concluded.

Councillor Marie-Anne Jones noted the organization was no longer fundraising, which it did in the past.

Council also recognized the fact they were not supporting their local doctor in a similar fashion.

“No one’s helping him out,” said Delaurier.

“I don’t think [CAPS’ request] is right. It totally opens up a can of worms. I was quite shocked at this request.”

“I was on the same page,” said Jones.

“I am completely not in favor,” added Councillor Christen Eckhard.

“We can’t. I think Falher should look after that clinic,” he added.

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