PEI

Council of Canadians questions motive behind $1M donation to QEH

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital should not accept a recent $1-million donation by Irving-owned Cavendish Farms, says the P.E.I. chapter of the Council of Canadians.

'Usually when a corporation makes a donation, it is looking for something in return'

(CBC)

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital should not accept a recent $1-million donation by Irving-owned Cavendish Farms, says the P.E.I. chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Council vice-chair Leo Broderick said he is gravely concerned about the contribution.

Leo Broderick of the Council of Canadians says the province needs to develop guidelines when it comes to these types of corporate donations. (Council of Canadians)

The company has already stated it wants the moratorium on high capacity wells on the Island lifted, and he questions the motivation behind the donation.

"Usually when a corporation makes a donation, it is looking for something in return," said Broderick.

"We believe that this is simply another way to put the pressure on the government to lift the moratorium on high capacity water wells." 

Broderick acknowledged it's unlikely the hospital will do as the council is requesting, but the group is writing a letter to the premier recommending the province set up a policy about accepting these types of corporate donations.

A commitment to health care

"On behalf of our employees, Island growers and suppliers, Cavendish Farms has made this donation as our commitment to the best possible health care on P.E.I.," Cavendish Farms said in a written statement to CBC News.

The Same Day Surgery Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is now called the Cavendish Farms Same Day Surgery unit. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

"We are proud to support the dedicated team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the important work that they do."

The donation is going to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Endowment Fund. Donations to the fund earn interest, which helps pay for medical equipment each year.

The newly-expanded surgical support services area is now called the Cavendish Farms Same Day Surgery Unit. 

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