|Greens including MLA Lynne Lund (foreground), Central Representative Matt MacFarlane (far left), MLA Trish Altass (second from left behind Lynne), and Young Greens of PEI Chair Kali Ross (third from the right) were among those out enjoying the New Year's Levees on January 1st.|
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a delightful and refreshing holiday and are ready to hit 2020 with renewed energy!
Do you make New Year's resolutions? How about New Decade resolutions?
People are already calling the 2020s "the Decisive Decade", seeing this as a make-or-break decade for some pretty serious global issues - climate change foremost among them. It should never have come down to hinging on one decade and the people living during this time to be responsible for solving such enormous challenges. But just as we all struggle to keep our own New Year's resolutions, so too have our governments.
I first joined the Green Party over a decade ago in a resolution to be part of the change I want to see in the world. I haven't looked back - that resolution has brought me a rich sense of community on a local, national and global level, and the opportunity to be part of history in the making. And in the face of everything there is to make one pessimistic about the fate of our world, it has helped keep me optimistic.
Whether you resolve to get more involved in the Green Party, to get involved in PEI's energy transition, or to do something within your personal power to lighten your footprint and live by example, PEI and the world needs you more than ever in the years ahead!
Executive Director (interim)
In this newsletter:
- Our Green Caucus
- District Association updates
- Call for Motions and Nominations
This fall sitting was short, lasting only 20 days, but a lot of bills (20 Government, 3 Opposition and one Private Member's bill) and motions were passed, many of them with the unanimous approval by MLAs from all three parties in the Legislature. One thing about the current Legislature that is very different from past legislatures is how much work happens on bills before they come to the floor for debate. Knowing how important buy-in from the opposition parties is to pass legislation in this minority legislature, the government has consulted with both the Green and Liberal caucuses on most bills in advance of the fall sitting in order to address questions or concerns ahead of time. This has given Green MLAs more influence over government bills than most other Official Oppositions in the past.
At the same time, as Official Opposition, the Green Caucus has a special responsibility to hold government to account, and it takes that responsibility seriously by asking tough questions, demanding real answers, and taking government to task when it fails to uphold the principles of good governance.Read more
Good Sunday morning to you! With the Legislature currently in session, we plan to bring you more regular updates on happenings in the Legislature to keep you in the know - because keeping up these days can be especially challenging in spite of (or because of) all of the different types of media competing for our attention.Read more
CHARLOTTETOWN - The Green Party of PEI is celebrating having emerged from its history-making 2019 election campaign debt-free and in a strong financial position going forward.
The Party has reported total election spending of $181,000 to Elections PEI - of which $120,000 was spent by candidates and $61,000 by the party itself.
The Green Party did not take out any loans during or prior to the election, although it did take out a short term loan of $20,000 following the election for temporary cash flow purposes. The loans were paid off in August, and the party is debt-free.Read more
|Members of one of our newest District Associations, the D21 & 23 Regional Association, meeting up to plan how to keep the momentum going. Both districts elected Green MLAs this spring.|
It may feel like a long time ago now, but the federal election took place less than one month ago. We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the four Green candidates on PEI who had very strong results in their respective ridings: Alex Clark (Egmont), Anna Keenan (Malpeque), Darcie Lanthier (Charlottetown) and Glen Beaton (Cardigan). All told, more than 20% of Islanders voted Green in this election - the highest percentage of any province in Canada!Read more
Statement from Mr. Ole Hammarlund, MLA for District 13, Charlottetown-Brighton, and Official Opposition Critic for Economic Growth regarding minimum wage increase
The announcement today of a minimum wage increase for April 1, 2020 is a step in the right direction. While the increase is clearly not a living wage, any investment that lifts Islanders is good.
This is also the first increase since the passing of Green legislation compelling the Employment Standards Board to consider poverty measurements when setting the minimum wage. As part of its review of the minimum wage, the Board is also required to provide a report explaining how it arrived at its decision. The business community has sought greater transparency in this process and our legislation has delivered on this request.Read more
Statement from Ms. Karla Bernard, MLA for District 12, and Official Opposition Critic for Status of Women on lack of concrete direction provided for Minister responsible for Status of Women
Equality for women is foundational for an equal and fair society. Gender equality is also guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Yet, women still face systemic barriers that often prevent or discourage women from full participation in all areas of our society. Inequalities remain in such areas as employment and leadership opportunities, true wage parity, and recognition of the unique skills and diversity of experience that women offer.
I was disappointed to discover the Premier did not provide any concrete direction or list of priorities for the Minister responsible for Status of Women. This lack of direction may simply be an oversight on part of government, however, it fully demonstrates much work still remains to be done to recognize and address the entrenched inequalities, implicit discriminatory behaviours, and lack of understanding regarding barriers women continue to face.Read more
Charlottetown, PE – The Official Opposition caucus has released eight recommendations to improve and strengthen government’s Child and Youth Advocate legislation.
“We have long supported the introduction of an independent child and youth advocate and I commend government for its work in drafting the Child and Youth Advocate Act. Our children are our future and must be protected,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “Our caucus completed a review of similar laws across Canada with a purpose to improve the legislation being proposed by the PEI government. Based upon this jurisdictional scan, we are presenting eight important recommendations for strengthening the draft legislation.”Read more
Leader of the Opposition calls on the Premier to clarify government’s position on French language education
Charlottetown, PE – PEI has intervenor status in the Supreme Court Case (SCC), “Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia” which will determine what school services provinces must provide for its French-speaking community. The case will have implications for French-language education across the country. PEI has filed a factum supporting British Columbia’s position.
Official Opposition demands explanation on value of Housing Hub Special Advisor contract
Charlottetown, PE – Playing hide and seek can be a great time of enrichment for children and their families. However, playing hide and seek on urgent and critical issues is not acceptable. In a manner reminiscent of the children’s television show “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” the Official Opposition has been trying to track down Clifford Lee and determine what he has been doing since June 18, 2018 when he was hired as Housing Hub Special Advisor by government to address PEI’s housing crisis.Read more