The Green Party is calling for a thorough review of the systems which determine the price which is offered to fishers for lobster on PEI. In the short term the Green Party is calling on the Provincial government to conduct an inquiry into possible price fixing and settle this issue once and for all. In the longer term the Green Party would like to see the Provincial government brand and promote the excellence of our seafood and agricultural products - including arguably the best lobsters in...
The Green Party has reiterated its concerns about the potential corrupting influence of unchecked corporate donations on the political process.
“There is a deep cynicism about politics today, and part of that stems from the view that there is corporate influence on political decision making. Limiting donations from corporations is the only way to remove this perception,” stated Green Party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker.
Prince Edward Island has no legislation limiting either...
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is concerned that focusing on MLA salaries obscures the bigger picture - the overall cost of government here on PEI. There has been a lot of posturing from other parties on this issue as they try to endear themselves to voters, but until any of them shows a clear understanding and commitment to dealing with the overall structure and cost of government, their words are largely meaningless.
Rather than simply abolishing the Indemnities and...
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is strongly opposed to hydraulic fracturing - more commonly called fracking - and will do everything possible within its power, whether in government, in opposition, or simply as a voice of reason and principle, to outlaw its use on the Island.
“Green Parties throughout North America and the world have long spoken out about the profound risks to people and the environment posed by fracking, and we have been at the forefront of the movement...
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is expressing support for the changes to health care services announced yesterday by Health Minister Doug Currie, but remains concerned about the overall direction and sustainability of health care on the Island.
“It is almost expected that opposition parties will instinctively react to any and all government initiatives with criticism and scorn,” said Green Party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker, “but there are some ideas put forward by Doug Currie...
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island supports preservation of the senate with some improvements in the mechanism to select its members. It has recently become fashionable to attack the senate, and to rant vigorously on its failings. Unfortunately Canadians are generally unaware of the important work that the senate has performed over the years, and the Green Party of Prince Edward Island believes that it can still play a critical role in Canadian democracy.
“While I can’t defend...
Hands up all those who like paying taxes. I thought so. Politics has become so dysfunctional recently that it is virtual electoral suicide to utter the T word during a campaign - it's why Mr. Ghiz assured us during the last election, that the HST was not coming to PEI. The problem is that if we want good government, the lifeblood of that critical part of society is the income it gets from taxation. We could, of course cease collecting all taxes and dispense with government entirely, but I...
The Green Party of Prince Edward Island has come out in strong opposition to Senator Duffy’s recent suggestion of Maritime Union, referring to the idea as “jurisdictional suicide.” Prince Edward Island can boast of a long democratic tradition, beginning with Representative Government (the convening of our first Legislative Assembly) in 1773 and Responsible Government in 1851. Last year, the Island celebrated the 160th anniversary of Responsible Government.
“One of PEI’s more precious...
Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker is promising, if elected in 2015 to call for a full-scale public inquiry into the Provincial Nominee Program. In doing so, he is endorsing a Guardian Editorial published just over a year ago.
“The release of recipients names last week answered one small question surrounding the Provincial Nominee Program, but is leaves so many larger, more important questions unanswered. The level of public interest, and the cloud of suspicion that continues to...
The Green Party of PEI is registering its regret at the cancellation of a music program in the Eastern School District which was announced yesterday.
“The cancellation of the highly successful and popular strings program is a short-sighted mistake,” says Green party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker. “It is another example of how the administration in our island education system is marginalising and discounting the value of arts in our schools.”
The Green Party believes that we have to...
Elizabeth May visits protest camp with Bevan-Baker
The Plan B protest in Bonshaw is no longer about stopping the inevitable highway, rather, highlighting poor government, says Peter Bevan-Baker.
About to be sworn in as provincial leader of the Green Party, he was at the Plan B protest site off the Peters Road in Bonshaw Friday, hosting Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Green Party for a brief visit of the protest camp.
May had just arrived on the Island, here for the...
Green Leadership Convention Schedule:
8:30 – 9:15 am Registration/Coffee
9:15 – 9:30 am Introduction to the Day’s Events
9:30 10:00 am Keynote Speaker: George McRobie
10:00 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 10:30 am Panel Introduction: Daryl Guignion
10:30 – 11:00 am Panel 1/Q&A: Water
11:00 – 11:30am Panel 2/Q&A: – Land Use
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