Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Alana Paon is pressing the McNeil government to address phone service concerns in Forchu, Frambroise and Grand River.
This week, Paon met with Emergency Management Office Minister Derek Mombourquette to discuss the phone service problems and safety concerns of local residents. Since elected, Paon has been advocating to have working phone lines in the area.
“I’m pleased to say Minister Mombourquette has met with me on this very important issue for the people of Forchu, Frambroise, Grand River and surrounding areas,” says Paon. “Residents’ safety is at risk and we can’t waste any more time asking the government for a basic necessity. It’s unacceptable for residents to be unable to make 911 calls or for connections to drop during a call.”
Paon asked the Minister to hold a meeting and he’s agreed. The date is to be determined.
“The minister and I agree that this long-standing issue needs to be resolved immediately,” says Paon. “I will continue to advocate and work on behalf of these communities to make certain they receive adequate phone services.”
Both parties will lobby the Canadian Radio Television Commission (CRTC) and work with the telecom providers to get the services that people of the area deserve.
“This is a first step in many from the government in cooperation to assist in resolving the concerns of residents,” concludes Paon.