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
It has been a busy few weeks on PEI, and across the country, with the Federal Election occurring on October 21st. This email serves as a summary of the four Green Party of Canada candidates here on PEI, their upcoming events, and upcoming debates. Going West to East, we have Alex Clark for Egmont, Anna Keenan for Malpeque, Darcie Lanthier for Charlottetown, and Glen Beaton for Cardigan.
Advance poll dates are:
- Friday, October 11
- Saturday, October 12
- Sunday, October 13
- Monday, October 14
Not sure who your candidate is? click here.Read more
|Green MLAs attended farm tours last week to hear directly from farmers the impacts of climate change and tech growth on farming.|
The weather is cooling down and fall has quickly crept up on us; it's hard to believe Monday was the first day of fall! Over the past month or so, the Office of the Opposition released their housing strategy, the Young Greens have been getting down to business, and numerous Electoral District Associations (EDAs) and Regional Associations (RAs) were formed or elected new Coordinating teams. We also welcomed three new members to Provincial Council this month: Eddie Childs as Interim Western Representative, Boyd Leard as Interim Eastern Representative, and Amandah Turner as Interim Membership and Volunteer Chair! It has definitely been a busy summer for Greens on PEI and there is a lot in store for the months ahead!
Statement from Ms. Hannah Bell, MLA for District 11, Charlottetown-Belvedere, and Official Opposition Critic for Social Development and Housing on the Emergency Response to Hurricane Dorian
It has been heartwarming to see Islanders come together to support one another during the post-Dorian cleanup. Many Islanders find themselves in tough situations with losses and damage to property, lack or loss of important necessities such as power, communications, and food. Despite this, we see Islanders come together to help their neighbours recover and rebuild. I am proud of our Island and the people who call it home. Thank you.
I also appreciate the tireless efforts taken by EMO, first responders, and the countless utility workers putting in long days and nights to ensure everyone is being cared for and are safe. Your efforts are helping tremendously as Islanders seek to recover. Thank you.
However, I am discouraged by the response of government to this disaster.Read more
“PEI is in a housing emergency, Winter is coming, and it is time to put people first.”
Charlottetown, PE – Prince Edward Island is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. It has been a year since the Green Caucus released the Integrated Housing Framework in response to the growing housing crisis. In that year, a lack of action by government to meet this crisis head-on has led to an imminent emergency demanding thoughtful, appropriate action.
“Prince Edward Island is in a housing emergency, Winter is coming, and it is time to put people first,” stated Honourable Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “With no plan and a bewildering lack of political will to recognize this emergency, people are being put at risk.”Read more
Press Release from the Office of the Opposition
Charlottetown, PE – There is an ongoing concern regarding ATV usage and the destructive impact it is having on the environment in Prince Edward Island. A recent instance in Lot 16 demonstrates the damage that can occur when there isn’t a balanced, responsible approach to ATV trail planning.
“I was very disturbed by the considerable environmental damage caused by the construction of the ATV trail in Lot 16,” stated Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “It speaks to a concerning lack of oversight on part of government when it comes to activities that impact the environment.”Read more
“Such blatant disregard for the Act is upsetting for many Islanders,” said Ms. Beaton.
Charlottetown, PE – Recent revelations about how corporations are exploiting loopholes in the Lands Protection Act seem to confirm what Islanders have been suggesting for years. Despite the Opposition bringing concerns about corporations circumventing the Act in the Legislature during the last sitting of the House, the government has done nothing to investigate these concerns.Read more
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|District 12 EDA held their AGM earlier this month, electing a new executive!|
It’s hard to believe summer is nearly over! BUT when you have had as busy of a summer as the Greens across the Island have, it's easy to see why. Over the past month, Districts 21 & 23 formed a Regional Association, the District 12 EDA had their AGM, and the Young Greens of PEI (YGP) held their first Executive Election, just to name a few! There are still a couple of weeks left of the August heat, meaning there are still plenty of opportunities to get outside, enjoy the sun, and attend some Green Party events!
In this newsletter:
- Office of the Opposition
- Volunteer opportunities
- Upcoming events
Opposition MLA and Shadow Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy provides alternate rate structure that helps vulnerable Islanders and low-use customers that highlights innovation and efficiency in resource generation and demand-side management
Charlottetown, PE – Tomorrow, Stephen Howard, MLA and Opposition Shadow Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, is presenting to the IRAC hearing on the application by Maritime Electric to raise electricity costs.
“This rate increase request misses the mark. It is an uninspired application to raise consumer costs on the backs of low- and middle-income Islanders and low-use customers,” stated Mr. Howard. “Low- and middle-income Islanders are particularly vulnerable to increased costs in utilities. Higher electricity prices lead to less spending on other basic necessities such as shelter and food. This should not be. As a community of Islanders, we can do better to ensure all Islanders have equitable access to the basic necessities of life.”Read more
The new 8-member Green Official Opposition Caucus got to sit in the Legislature for the first time starting on June 13th. If you’re someone who watches the Legislature from time to time, you would likely have noticed a markedly different (more collegial) tone compared with past legislative sittings, and are hopefully as proud as we are of how quickly and well our new MLAs have learned their roles as legislators.
As Official Opposition, the Green Caucus has a special responsibility to hold government to account, and it takes that responsibility seriously by asking real questions, demanding real answers, and offering constructive criticism of government proposals and actions. At the same time, particularly in this minority legislature, there are many more opportunities for Green MLAs to bring forth legislation of their own, and to help set the agenda for the province.Read more