Jan 16, 2014
CHARLOTTETOWN – Opposition Agriculture Critic Colin LaVie says that Islanders are deeply concerned about the Ghiz Government’s plans regarding the moratorium on deep water irrigation wells. He says that this concern has increased due to the identity of lobbyists involved in the decision.
“To me, the Premier’s former Chief of Staff and a defeated member of the Ghiz Government are doing the lobby work, it’s obvious that the recommendations are going to favor the direction that the Ghiz government wants it to take,” said LaVie. “Given the importance of this issue, that’s scary.”
LaVie believes that the Premier and the Minister “are simply playing a political game here. They are pretending to be concerned about the environmental impact of lifting the moratorium on deep water wells. They are pretending that they haven’t made a decision, and pretending to seek independent consultation.”
LaVie said Islanders will always be concerned when important issues are directed by lobbyists who have deep political connections to, in this case, the Premier’s office.
“This is typical of the Ghiz Government’s refusal to actually consult with Islanders in a real way,” said LaVie. “They pretend to consult, when the decision has already been made. We’ve seen this approach with school closures, with our hospitals, with pensions, and with HST.”
“Is this a done deal? What does the Minister have to hide?” asked LaVie. “This issue is too important for political games. Islanders have lost faith in these so-called ‘consultations,’ which are not consultations at all.”
Mar 30, 2012
Opposition Leader, Olive Crane extended congratulations to the PEI Cattlemen’s Association and Fresh Media on the launch of the second annual PEI Burger Love Campaign. Crane, who attended the official launch, applauded the work of the two groups on their innovative techniques used to engage the public and Island business community to support local producers.
“PEI Burger Love is a great initiative which raises much needed awareness about the importance of buying local and gives the Island business community a great opportunity to support local producers.”
Crane encouraged Islanders to support the campaign which runs until the end of April and reinforced the importance of buying locally throughout the entire year.
Mar 28, 2012
Agriculture critic, Colin LaVie is raising concern on behalf of PEI hog farmers who have been informed that the provincial government is considering significant cuts to transportation subsidies in the upcoming spring budget.
Transportation subsidies to hog producers were put in place when the current Government jeopardized the fate of the industry by closing the Natural Organic Food Group (NOFG) hog plant in 2008, forcing producers to ship their product to Quebec. LaVie is worried about the future of the hog industry in PEI if the subsidy is sharply decreased.
“This transportation subsidy is the only thing that has kept the hog farmers in business since this government closed the PEI NOFG plant in 2008. If government reduces this fund to the extent which we are told, it will mean the loss of the industry all together.”
The total amount of the transportation subsidy to the hog industry is roughly $900,000. LaVie feels this is a small price to pay for an industry that generates over $14 million in direct sales each year.
“This is a time to be supporting small business in PEI,” stated LaVie. “Government should be finding new ways to grow and support our agriculture community, not making choices that will result in the collapse of the hog industry in PEI forever.”
LaVie concluded that it is incredibly unfortunate that the spending choices and poor fiscal management of this Government have resulted in the potential loss of an entire industry in Prince Edward Island.