And With Some Closing Requests of Government from...
Thank you to everyone that followed along with my first live blog attempt. I am sorry for any spelling mistakes or incorrect spellings of names as I hacked away as fast as I could as to not miss anything. All statements unless enclosed in quotation marks are paraphrases of comments and my views and opinions on tonight’s event are of course my own. Be sure to check out originalcity.net for...
Mike Davidson making statements now
Refutes CBS’ claim that service will be enhanced by consolidation. Response from CBS is that delay in blood will be hours, not days as implied
Mayor Court Asking Last Question of the Night to...
Asks CBS Rep if blood platelets (spelling? Sorry) quality and quantity will be the same as the rest of Canada? CBS Rep states that platelet service will continue as it does today because of changes CBS has made to its consolidation plan. Says Saint John will recieved an enhanced service after the consolidation. Also corrects Mayor Court stating that there are more than 2 provinces exporting...
Commentor from The Floor Calls for NB Government...
States broken promises and MLAs backing down from their previous comitments as reason enough to call another election. Gets partial standing applause.
Moderator States that all Commentors in Line Will...
Current Speaker Asking Where is Premier Alward?
3 Speakers Left and its 9pm by My Watch
Wonder if they will let the final speakers speak? Have to wait in see. Past president of Saint John Medical Society still speaking. Wants CBS’ guarentee that New Brunswickers will have the exact same quality of blood as the rest of Canada. Gets response from CBS Representitive that the NB Medical Society will be working with CBS to ensure product quality.
Past President of the Saint John Medical Society...
Compares CBS to “a bully.” Asks the crowd if anyone is on CBS’s side. Gets a loud NO from the crowd. Says he has a “distrust” of CBS and that they have a deaf ear to various medical societies’ concerns
Running Out of Time
5 Speakers still in line with only 10 minutes left on the clock.
To a question from the floor the representitive...
Some Very Direct Comments Being Asked From the...
Minister Dube is being bombarded by a speaker from the floor who is very unhappy with NB Governments work on the CBS issue. His comments are being met with loud and repeated applause from the floor.
Number of Commentors From the Floor Still...
And its getting heated! Lots of yelling and some applause. One speaker just stormed out and Minister Dube’s response that it was CBS’s decision and not the NB Governments. That was met with some booing from the crowd. Mayor Court appeals to the crowd for respect after the last commentor from the floor strorms out yelling… and continues to yell from the hallway. He seemed...
CBS Speaker states that there will be 3-4 day...
Quick Update on CBS Speaker
I stated eariler that I missed the name of the CBS Representitive. Her name is Amanda Cullen. She is being questioned now from the floor about other consolidations in Canada and if any others were out of province consolidations. (They were not)
The Floor is Now Open for Comments
Mayor Court Speaking Now
With emotion in his voice Mayor Court is speaking about his son Chris who died at age 18. Says cutbacks to healthcare are the reason he is here tonight. Says no doctor he spoke to agreed with CBS moving to Dartmouth NS. Says that he spoke with Doctors and some were unable to attend tonight and some felt it was not proper for them to be here for various reasons. Mayor Court says that someone is...
Mike Davidson from CUPE is on Stage Now
Says this is not a Saint John issue but a provincial issue and says that this government needs to be held accountable for throwing in the white flag. Big applause after those comments. Now he is talking about people he has spoken to and their concerns about CBS leaving. Very passionate remarks. More applause. Echoing statements from the video he is referencing Premier Alwards broken...
Liberal Opposition - MLA Victor Boubreau
Speaking now he states that he is disapointed with the NB Alward Government and their handling of the CBS issue. He is making strong statements about Tory MLAs going silent on this issue and the absence of Premier Alward from tonights symposium. Calls the symposium “a funeral” because the Alward Government did not wait to announce their plan until after tonights event.
Next Up - Representitive from CBS
I appoligze but I missed the speaker’s name. She has stated that she believes that the NB Governmrnt has made the right decision and notes that blood donations have increased in NB year over year. Quick speach. All finished.
NB Minister of Health Speaking Now
Minister Dube stating that she is happy to be here tonight and thanks residents for providing options for thier decision to stay with CBS. However she states that the province was unable to change CBS’s mind after lobbying hard for them to do so. Referencing this time of fiscal responsibility it was unfeasable for NB to start its own collection agency as there would be no place to sell our...
Video Critical of Alward Government and CBS
12 minute video very critical of high salaries at CBS as well as NB Government for broken election promises and for not paying attention to various reports stating that NB could go it alone without CBS.
Mayor Court delivering Opening Statements Now
Opens by appealing for all residents to donate blood. And states that this issue (CBS moving) crosses all party lines and it is the duty of the sitting government to manage this resource.
Health Minister Madeline Dube is in Attendance
She is sitting at the head table besides Mayor Court
MLA Dr. Parrot has Just Arrived
Always a strong supporter of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Saint John for its role in The Regional Hospitals Cardiac Centre. I have also spotted various city councillors as well as Mayor Ivan Court.
Premier Alward Will Not be in Attendance
Word on News 88.9 on the way over said that Premier Alward will not be coming to tonight’s symposium.
Sigh.... No Public WiFi
No public wifi here is slightly annoying. Routing the signal through my phone.
Live Blog Tonight!
I’ll be live blogging tonight from the Blood Symposium at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre. Posts will start around 6:45pm.
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