As the solitary representative of the third party in a provincial legislature, you quickly realize the extent of your impotency. But on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 in PEI, I had the rare pleasure of moving a motion which was unanimously approved by all parties in the House.
In the previous provincial election, in a rare expression of common agreement, all four party leaders who contested the campaign agreed that a Universal Basic Income policy is worth exploring. Economists from all sides of the political spectrum are open to the idea, and the federal government has also indicated a willingness to explore such programs.Read more
SUMMERSIDE: The Green Party of PEI is pleased to announce the appointment of two shadow cabinet critics.
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is expressing its disappointment at the Premier’s statement issued yesterday in response to the plebiscite results.
“This Premier came into office promising to do things differently, to “call on our better natures” and to restore Islanders’ faith in democracy and politicians. Disrespecting the clear result of a comprehensive plebiscite is not a reflection of our better natures, nor is it a step towards restoring trust in government,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Island Green Party.
Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Island Green Party, is sharing in the widespread pride that many Islanders are feeling following the plebiscite results.
“Prince Edward Island is the place where the discussions that led to the birth of our nation started, and now, this same little Island is leading the process to evolve beyond the antiquated electoral system that our country inherited back then in the 19th century from the British Empire.This moves us into the 21st century in line with the vast majority of Western democracies that use some form of proportional representation. PEI is once again leading the nation, and I am so proud of my fellow Islanders who were not fearful of embracing change.”
SUMMERSIDE - The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is celebrating the strong showing of Deputy Leader Lynne Lund in yesterday’s by-election in Summerside-Wilmot.
Lund came in third place with 21.9% of the total vote, after winner Chris Palmer (Liberal) with 42.3% and second place finisher Brian Ramsay (PC) with 31.2%. The Green Party had won 9.9% of the vote in the district in the 2015 general election.
“This is a win for us,” Lund told a roomful of volunteers and supporters after the results came in. “We started this campaign from scratch, and ended by more than doubling our vote in this district and achieving the second-best result in the history of the Green Party of PEI, after (leader and MLA for district 17) Peter Bevan-Baker’s groundbreaking victory just last year. We can and will build on this.”Read more
It’s off to the races. Green Party is first out the gate with the announcement of candidate Lynne Lund in the upcoming Summerside-Wilmot by-election.
SUMMERSIDE: As Charlottetown hosts this Saturday’s Gold Cup and Saucer Race, another race is soon to be called for the P.E.I. riding of Summerside-Wilmot. A by-election date hasn’t been set but one candidate is officially in the running.
The Green Party of P.E.I. was the first to announce its candidate for the by-election this morning. Deputy Leader of the Green Party of P.E.I., Lynne Lund, says she will be running a full campaign in hopes of securing a second seat for the party.
Peter’s speech below is a response to the Speech from the Throne of 5 April 2016.
Orders of the Day (Government), 7 April 2016
Source: Legislative Assembly of PEI, pp. 108-117.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Monsieur le Président, je suis convaincu que cette session de l’Assemblée législative sera constructive dans l’intérêt de notre province et aussi de notre population et je suis certain que votre dévouement et votre bienveillance sauront nous guider tout au long de cette session parlementaire.
Mr. Speaker, I am confident that this legislative session will be constructive for both our province and for all Islanders, and I am sure that your dedication and your wisdom and kindness will guide us through this parliamentary session.
The last few months, and more specifically the last few weeks, have been some of the most exhausting – and most exhilarating - days of my life. Trying to get elected when running for a third party on Prince Edward Island is no small undertaking, but the truth is, elections are not won by individuals. They are won by dedicated teams of selfless people, and they are decided by brave and trusting voters.Read more