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WOODSTOCK, N.B. -- Local Mayor Randy Leonard says the time for diplomacy has come and gone and he's tired of waitin...


WOODSTOCK, N.B. — Local Mayor Randy Leonard says the time for diplomacy has come and gone and he’s tired of waiting for the Trans Canada Highway to get twinned between Grand Falls and Longs Creek.

He says the delays in the deal have resulted in more lives lost — as well, he insists “shadow tolls” along the highway cost taxpayers about $72,000 per day.

“We’re looking at probably four years from now (for completion of the twinned highway) and nothing has been done above Woodstock,” he complains. “My frustration level is very, very high … It hurts me because I’m trying to do the best I can for the Town of Woodstock.”

Leonard says the town’s economy is driven by strong entrepreneurs who are responding to the needs of the community.

“Woodstock has done well economically,” he adds. “The building boom (of houses and businesses) has kept the town out of the red and on an even keel, but we haven’t received a whole lot of help from the (provincial) government.”


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