The Shadow Blog is where our Shadow Critics share their thoughts on current Prince Edward Island policy issues and their visions for a brighter future for all Islanders.

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Coffee with the Minister

coffee-1.jpgClosing schools is an easy fix: it’s quick, decisive and demonstrates action on a file. The flip side of course is that it’s also unimaginative and shortsighted. I’ve been pondering school closures and hub schools through an economic lens, and I wonder if the Minister of Education will sit down for coffee with the Minister responsible for economic development.

Rural PEI has been neglected and overlooked, the Bell Aliant contract serving as a powerful example of this. Our current approach to job creation tends to focus on incentivizing industry to set up shop, creating a measurable amount of new positions in one shot. It looks good on paper, and a government can state with confidence a set number of jobs created during their mandate. Whether the jobs stay or go is secondary.

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The Single Metric Government

It was with much curiosity that I read Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Allan MacIsaac’s Report on Agriculture in PEI for 2016 with the headline, “Banner Year for Agriculture on PEI”.  Curiosity because the top headline in the same paper indicated that blueberry producers were struggling with overproduction issues.  Having previously heard of these overproduction issues at a regional level and from individual growers and associated bee keepers, I was surprised to note a great hurrah-for-blueberries arising in the midst of Minister MacIsaac’s speech, for the not insignificant increase in yields that Island producers have seen recently.  

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Giving credit where credit is due

Abortion_advocates.jpegWhen making difficult decisions, there is a surefire method we can employ to determine the way forward.  It’s not about making lists of pros and cons, or necessarily doing what is popular, expedient, or most ‘economical’.  It’s about identifying your core values and choosing the option that best reflects those values. The way forward then becomes clear.

 

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