Can paid parking benefit the Pontiac?

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The proposed introduction of paid parking at The Pontiac Community Hospital in Shawville has stimulated a lot of interest.
I think, to come to an objective conclusion, the facts need to be reviewed and some erroneous beliefs corrected.

The proposed introduction of paid parking at The Pontiac Community Hospital in Shawville has stimulated a lot of interest.
I think, to come to an objective conclusion, the facts need to be reviewed and some erroneous beliefs corrected.
(1) This indirect taxation will negatively affect both patients, families and employees. The Pontiac is the poorest MRC in the Outaouais, and the second poorest in Quebec.
(2)  It has been stated that the money raised by the parking fee will go to
eliminate the debt of the other CISSSO institutions, primarily in Gatineau. It will not go to The Pontiac Community Hospital Foundation.
(3)  This policy was passed by the Board of the CISSSO, over which we have little influence.
It may well be asked how any of these decisions may benefit the Pontiac. It
is unlikely that we will be able to change the government directives about having paid parking for all health care institutions in Quebec.
However I believe the CISSSO, having passed this policy, should pay for its implementation as we were the only institution in the past that balanced its budget. As well, any benefits that arise from paid parking should remain in the Pontiac.

Dr. Thomas C. O’Neill
SHAWVILLE