Adding that it’s unfair for residents to have to travel to Prince George or Grande Prairie for certain health service, he also pledges to push for a provincially funded MRI and dialysis centre at the hospital.
“Supporting a major makeover at the Dawson Creek hospital is a major step in ensuring that adequate funding for health care services is made available for the South Peace,” he says. “A new B.C. Liberal government plans to increase funding to provincial health authorities by $1 billion over three years to help meet some of the demands. The Dawson Creek hospital is the major health service provider for this region, and a new inpatient wing will become a cornerstone to this fine facility.”
He also proposes repurposing Peace River Haven as a facility for patients with dementia, calling health care services and funding in the region the number one issue needing government attention.
The proposed second constituency office would be located in Chetwynd, and would have set hours of operation. Bernier says having an office in the western part of the riding would better serve all its constituents.
“For a resident of Chetwynd, or Lemoray, or Garbitt, or West Moberly, or Saulteau to travel to Dawson Creek to discuss a matter of importance with his or her MLA, that can be a significant investment of time and money,” he argues. “Establishing an office in Chetwynd will help reduce obstacles for residents to access their provincial government.”