Windsor

Dwight Duncan says hospital critics aren't helping community

Dwight Duncan is supportive of the process that was used to decide the site of Windsor's proposed mega-hospital and he believes the people who continue to criticize the selected location are not doing the community any favours.
Dwight Duncan says the voices in the community who remain critical of the location of the new hospital aren't doing Windsor-Essex any favours. (Canadian Press/File Photo​)

Dwight Duncan is supportive of the process that was used to decide the site of Windsor's proposed mega-hospital and he believes the people who continue to criticize the selected location are not doing the community any favours.

The former Windsor MPP and provincial cabinet minister told CBC News he had full confidence in the way the process unfolded.

"The process that was established and followed ... I thought was very thorough," he told CBC Radio's Windsor Morning in an interview.

The site-selection committee tasked with finding a home for the new hospital decided on a site at County Road 42 and Concession 9.

That decision has been controversial in some quarters and there has been a lawsuit filed in relation to the site that was chosen.

But Duncan said the people who keep pushing back against the hospital are out of step with what the people living in Windsor and Essex want.

"I think the vast, vast piece of public opinion supports this and I think that these groups that are [voicing criticisms over the new site], first of all don't represent the views of most people in Windsor-Essex," said Duncan.

Furthermore, Duncan said that continued division within the community could put the region further down the priority list when it comes to provincial funding for this project.

"It doesn't help us because there is enormous competition for scarce capital dollars and frankly, when communities engage in this kind of endeavour, it will certainly slow things down and give the province an excuse to fund other regions," he said.

"That being said, it certainly doesn't end the project in my view. We need to keep moving forward, the community needs to hopefully unite, as the local municipal councils did, and eventually I'm quite certain that a new hospital will be built."

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