Councillor Glen Scott’s notice of intent to bring forward a motion was accepted immediately Monday night, with a fellow councillor suggesting the vote take place right away.
Scott had drafted a notice of motion that at a future meeting, he would call on the city to seek the support of the North Central Municipal Association’s member communities in requesting a cancer clinic be established in Prince George.
“With the upcoming provincial election looming on the horizon for May of this year, now is the time to act and work with the provincial government to build a new cancer clinic and locate it in Prince George,” Scott wrote in his notice, suggesting the city and other municipalities write Premier Gordon Campbell, Health Services Minister Shirley Bond, and northern MLAs.
Councillor Dan Rogers suggested council agree to draft the letter immediately.
“It’s a slam dunk,” he said.
Mayor Colin Kinsley pointed out the city had already written a letter, spoken with Bond, and the NCMA had passed a resolution calling for the clinic.
Council voted unanimously to approve Scott’s motion.
A petition with nearly 15,000 signatures of Prince George residents was presented to Bond and Prince George North MLA Pat Bell late November, and they presented them to then-health minister Colin Hansen in December.
When Bond was appointed to replace him that month, she said she would wait for a plan, expected this spring, from the provincial health services authority and the Northern Health Authority.