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LYNNE LUND: Will the Minister of Justice and Public Safety expand the scope of legal aid.

During the last sitting of the Legislature, I asked the Minister of Justice and Public Safety to allow low-income Islanders access to legal aid lawyers to help them with residential tenancy disputes. In response to my questions, the Minister said he would look into it. So far, the Minister has been silent on his commitment.

This is a big issue, and it’s having a profound impact on people. In my district of Summerside – Wilmot alone there are close to a hundred seniors right now who would benefit tremendously from the kind of legal support they simply cannot afford on their own.

When a 90-year-old woman in my district is notified that her rent could be going up by 36%, she wonders how she’ll afford it. She wonders if she can afford to buy groceries, keep the lights on, or purchase the medicines she needs.

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Great things happen when Greens are in the House - Fall 2021 Legislative Roundup

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The Fall Sitting of the Legislature wrapped up last Wednesday, and many are calling it the best sitting yet for the Green Official Opposition. In all Greens passed three impactful pieces of legislation and five motions, and contributed massively to the direction and well-being of this province through the issues they raised.

“This is a thrilling time for Prince Edward Island,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “This fall sitting has been a highlight of my career. I couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous and life-changing work by my colleagues in the Green caucus.”

Truly, great things happen when Greens are in the House!

In this update, we will provide an overview of what Greens accomplished in the PEI Legislature this fall, including highlights since our last update at the end of October.

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Statement by Honourable Peter Bevan-Baker on the federal government imposed ban on PEI potato exports to US

I am extremely disappointed by the federal government’s decision to ban all fresh PEI potato exports to the US. This decision, as admitted by the federal agriculture minister, is a political decision. It is a harmful choice that does not follow scientific evidence and is extremely damaging to Island Farmers, as well as our reputation as a responsible agricultural province.

This unilateral decision, made without consultation or demonstrated concern for Island farmers, is devastating. It is never the right time to play politics with the livelihoods of people, especially those who are dedicated to providing quality food to countless millions.

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Historic Fall sitting sees Green Caucus make life better for Islanders

 Islanders are benefiting in significant ways after a historic sitting of the Legislature that saw important legislation by the Official Opposition Green caucus passing into law.

“This is a thrilling time for Prince Edward Island,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “This fall sitting has been a highlight of my career. I couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous and life-changing work by my colleagues in the Green caucus.”

Green legislation passed during the sitting included a paradigm shift in how Islanders are treated and protected when it comes to issues of harassment and discrimination.

“The NDA legislation proposed by MLA Lynne Lund means Islanders cannot be gagged and silenced anymore when it comes to speaking out about misconduct and unlawful acts,” said Bevan-Baker. “This is groundbreaking legislation – the first of its kind in all of Canada.”

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Green legislation for partial moratorium on renovictions passes

Charlottetown, PE – Today Green legislation was passed in the Legislative Assembly to immediately halt some actions to evict Islanders for reasons of renovations or repairs.

“We are in an unprecedented housing crisis that is becoming more and more dire every day,” said Hannah Bell, Official Opposition Critic for Finance. “Government committed to bring the new Residential Tenancy Act this sitting but chose not to. Islanders have been waiting for two years for better protections and they cannot wait any longer.”

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Green legislation tackling unfair wages and wage gaps passes second reading

Charlottetown, PE - Workers and advocates around the world are stressing the need for increased protections for workers and increased transparency by employers to reduce and eliminate wage gaps.

“Despite greater economic participation by women and the advancement of more women into senior positions, the gender wage gap persists as an issue,” explained Trish Altass, Official Opposition Critic for Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture.

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Historic Green legislation to prevent organizations from silencing Islanders experiencing harassment and discrimination through NDAs passes unanimously

Charlottetown, PE - The Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island made history this afternoon when MLAs unanimously voted in favour of Green legislation developed to protect Islanders who have experienced harassment and discrimination. The Act was sponsored by Green MLA Lynne Lund.

“This is truly an historic day,” said Lynne Lund, Official Opposition Critic for Justice and Public Safety. “With the passing of this legislation - the first of its kind in Canada - Islanders can be confident that their rights and needs are respected and protected when it comes to organizations attempting to silence victims and cover-up misconduct.”

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Government amendments to Lands Protection Act abandon small Island farmers and extend excessive grace period to corporations not in compliance with law

Charlottetown, PE - Proposed amendments to the Lands Protection Act introduced by the Minister of Agriculture and Land create an extended grace period for corporations not in compliance with the Act. Instead of requiring an immediate divestment of land that is above and beyond the legally allowable limit, government is permitting offenders up to nine years to come into compliance with the law.

“It is understood that divestment does take some time, however, nine years is excessive,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Agriculture and Land. “The proposed provision means corporations not following the law are able to continue benefiting from land held illegally for up to nine years while robbing small Island Farmers of the opportunity to use that land to improve their operations and diversify our agricultural sector.”

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Greens introduce two pieces of key legislation that offer first of their kind protections for Islanders against discrimination, harassment, and inequality

Charlottetown, PE - Today the Official Opposition Green caucus tabled two pieces of key legislation. One is designed to protect Islanders from harmful non-disclosure agreements and the other to tackle wage gaps through increased transparency in pay.

The first piece of legislation is the Non-Disclosure Agreements Act. The purpose of this legislation is to support and protect Islanders who have been subject to harassment or discrimination from being silenced through non-disclosure agreements.

“Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have been used to silence victims of unlawful acts. We must protect people by preventing NDAs from being misused,” said Lynne Lund, Official Opposition Critic for Justice and Public Safety. “This legislation will offer critical protections and support for Islanders who have been subject to harassment or discrimination.”

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Greens in the Leg: October Update

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Greens_in_leg_collage.pngThe Legislature reconvened for its Fall Sitting on October 19th, and what a powerful couple of weeks it has been for our Green Caucus!

Our aim with this update is to share some of the highlights of the past two weeks in the Legislature with you.

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