Chris van Ouwerkerk, the Green Party of PEI candidate in the District 10 Charlottetown-Winsloe byelection, is calling for greater openness and transparency on zoning decisions.
“When I speak to members of the community, I keep hearing that they are worried and confused by decisions on new developments,” said van Ouwerkerk. “We are all aware of the need for increased housing in the Greater Charlottetown Area, and nobody is opposed to new development. This is a great place to live. But it often feels like the communities in Sherwood and Winsloe are not given the same opportunity for public input that the older areas of the city receive.”Read more
CHARLOTTETOWN - The Green Party of Prince Edward Island announced the first nomination contestant to be approved to seek the Green Party of PEI nomination for the upcoming by-election in District 10, Chris van Ouwerkerk.
Charlottetown, PE - Today is Treaty Day on PEI. It is 295 years since the first Peace and Friendship Treaty was signed between the Mi’kmaq and British Settlers. There were a series of Treaties signed that guaranteed Mi’kmaq the right to hunt, fish, gather and earn a reasonable living. These Treaties are also protected and affirmed by the Canadian Constitution.
The Official Opposition encourages Islanders to engage in the work of reconciliation and learn about the Peace and Friendship Treaties.
“We often talk about reconciliation and what it looks like, but little has been done to advance it,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “To begin the important journey of reconciliation together, we must start from a place of understanding. I encourage all Islanders to learn more about the Treaties we have with the Mi’kmaq and to engage in meaningful and intentional ways.”
Official Opposition MLAs celebrate Gender Equality Week by recognizing contributions of Island Women
Charlottetown, PE - To mark Gender Equality Week, Opposition MLAs have been highlighting the contributions of Island women in creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equal PEI on social media using the hashtag #becauseofyou.
“I am proud of the work of individuals like Marie Burge, Erica Rutherford, Kirsten Lund, Chief Darlene Bernard, Sweta Daboo, Amber Jadis, and so many more Island women,” said Karla Bernard, Official Opposition Critic for the Status of Women. “While much has been done to advance equality on the Island, there is still so much work left to do.”Read more
Statement from Honourable Peter Bevan-Baker calling for respect of Mi’kmaq right to moderate livelihood
For far too long Aboriginal Peoples have had to fight for recognition of their rights as the first inhabitants of the land now known as Canada. They have been oppressed and dismissed for expecting Canada to honour and respect the treaties and agreements made with them.
In recent years we have talked about reconciliation and what it looks like, but done little to advance it. The time for talking has passed. Now the time has come to put words into action and to do the hard work of reconciliation.Read more
Statement by Lynne Lund, Official Opposition Critic for Environment, Water, and Climate Change on concerns regarding stewardship of our natural resources
Like many Islanders, I was concerned to learn government issued a permit to withdraw water from the Dunk River despite the river already being well below normal levels. We know this has been an extremely difficult summer for farmers. But much of these difficulties are a direct result of climate change. Drier summers are expected to be our new normal, and that’s why it’s critical we find solutions that protect all of our resources, land and water, so farming can survive, and thrive, as well.
What we need is a sustainable vision for our Island that balances the very real needs of our industries with the very real threat of climate change.Read more
I am concerned about the delay over the promised increases to Early Childhood Educator (ECE) wages.
Our ECEs are on the frontlines of supporting families as they navigate our new COVID reality. I have already outlined ongoing concerns from our ECEs and the families who depend on their support in a number of questions in the House, on public statements, interviews, and in numerous blogs on the Official Opposition website.
Charlottetown - Following the September 3rd resignation of District 10 Charlottetown-Winsloe MLA Robert Mitchell, triggering the requirement for a by-election within 6 months, the Green Party of PEI has officially opened nominations in District 10.
The Party has also put out a call to its members to submit recommendations of people they feel would make for good Green Party candidates in District 10.
“We are very hopeful of attracting a number of strong contenders for the Green Party candidacy in the upcoming District 10 by-election,” said interim Party President Susan Hartley. “Preparations have already begun for this by-election whenever it is called, and our eventual candidate will find themself strongly supported by an enthusiastic and experienced team.”
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of a groundbreaking leader in our province. Nancy Guptill served her community as a municipal councillor in Summerside, as an MLA, as a Minister, and as a Speaker in the provincial Legislative Assembly. It was in this role that she joined a history-making group of women leaders known as the ‘Famous Five’ – the only time in PEI political history that women have held the most influential and powerful positions in the province.
Leader of the Opposition Peter Bevan-Baker: “I was so pleased to be present in the house for the events recognizing the 25th anniversary of the ‘Famous Five’, which Nancy attended with her family. She will be greatly missed.”
Status of Women Critic Karla Bernard shares: “Trailblazers like Nancy are a critical part of the story that helps more women see themselves in politics. We still have so much to do - there are only seven women in the current PEI legislature which is not much change from over 25 years ago when Nancy was a pioneer for women in politics in PEI.”
The caucus and staff of the Office of the Official Opposition extend their heartfelt condolences to the family of Nancy Guptill.
Statement from Karla Bernard, Official Opposition Critic for Education and Lifelong Learning, regarding Public Schools Branch Guidelines for Return to School September 2020
First, I want to thank Minister Trivers for producing this document. Despite the build up and anticipation created by government around this plan over the past number of weeks, the details provided are a significant let down.
For weeks I have highlighted the necessity for a mental health lens to be applied to any planning. I am not seeing evidence of this represented in the plan. During the pandemic, students with complex needs fell through the cracks. There is no acknowledgement or provision for these students going forward. This is a glaring oversight.
The plan also places a significant expectation on an already overburdened school system. How will administrators, teachers, bus drivers, EAs, and support staff meet the extra requirements being placed on them?