Green Party leader questions distorted claims of outgoing ministers.
Green Party of Prince Edward Island leader, Peter Bevan-Baker is questioning the self-serving claims of outgoing ministers Sheridan and Webster as they announced their retirement from politics.
“For Wes Sheridan and George Webster to offer Islanders their slanted self-assessment, and to speak proudly of their accomplishments while holding the financial and agricultural portfolios does not bear up to scrutiny,” said Bevan-Baker.
“Minister Sheridan leaves his post having made a string of bad investments, some highly questionable decisions and run up eight consecutive deficits and piling up debt to the tune of $2.7 billion. It’s nice for him to award himself such a great review of his work in office, but I have yet to hear the same from the public. No one is saying ‘great job on the economy’ except for Wes himself. What does it say about the accountability of this Liberal MLA that despite all these failures, he does not see that he did not succeed in office? What does it say that he is the only one patting himself on the back?
“The status for farmers and the overall picture for agriculture has also worsened. For agriculture Minister Webster to say that he is ‘pleased to have made substantial improvements’ is absurd. Are those improvements in farmer’s income and financial security? I don’t think so. Are those improvements in creating a more diverse and robust agricultural industry on PEI? I don’t think so. Are those improvements to the water, soil and air of our province? Again, I don’t think so. I have no idea what he is referring to.”
It is customary to thank outgoing politicians for their years of public service; and indeed the willingness to put your name forward to be an elected representative carries with it an enormous commitment. But the measure of a politician must be not only in their readiness to come forward, but also in an evaluation of how they performed in whatever position they held. The Green Party finds it odd that they assess themselves, and seem to be blind to the fact that they were not successful and let down the general public.
“By any objective measure, this Liberal administration, whether we are talking fiscally, socially or environmentally, has provided Prince Edward Island with poor governance. We need proper performance measures to determine how our government and its individual Ministers are carrying out their duties, not the self-serving and distorted assessments of the Ministers themselves. Accountability and performance are central to good business practices, and should be fundamental to good governance also. The Green Party is dedicated to serving Islanders’ best interests, and to responsible and transparent government” concluded Bevan-Baker.