Plans for Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism
Fernwood, PE - One of the hallmarks of Dennis King’s tenure as Premier has been a complete lack of vision for the future of our province. This failure has led his government to stumble from one crisis to the next, unable to take proactive steps to build a fairer and more prosperous economy for Islanders.
The Green Party believes we need to help our primary sectors adapt to the rapidly changing world we live in. To support the agriculture and fisheries sectors, a Green Government will:
Work with industries to develop commodity-specific climate adaptation strategies to help mitigate risks and explore opportunities.
Promote the development of carbon credit markets in agriculture and aquaculture, so we can pay farmers and fishers for sequestering carbon.
Enhance supports for adopting new technologies and practices that reduce environmental impacts (ALUS, ASP, FACTAP, Environmental Impact Reduction Strategy for Aquaculture and Marine Fisheries).
Facilitate succession planning by exploring lease-to-own models, tax incentives for collective purchasing, and interest-free loans for new farmers and fishers.
Protect farmland and waterways through a comprehensive land use plan from tip-to-tip.
Make land ownership and purchases more transparent to make sure the Lands Protection Act can be properly enforced. Take the politics out of land purchases by letting IRAC make the final decision, instead of Cabinet.
The Green Party recognizes that our culture, including our fishing communities, our agricultural landscape, our sense of community, and Island artists, are the key pillars of our tourism industry. A Green Government will support our tourism sector by nurturing our Island culture. We will:
Work with the Tourism Industry Association to implement their industry growth strategies.
Provide free or low-cost access to artistic, cultural, and social activities for Islanders. Make sure that artists and community groups are fairly compensated for providing these activities.
Create a provincial museum in partnership with federal and community partners. This will not only be an attraction for tourists, but more importantly will help promote the preservation and development of Island culture, which is one of our greatest tourism assets.
The Green Party’s plans for supporting farmers and fishers and for supporting tourism complement the previously announced plan for addressing labour shortages.
“The Green Party recognizes that our culture, including our fishing communities, our agricultural landscape, and our arts community are the key pillars of our tourism industry. A Green Government will support our tourism sector by nurturing our Island culture.”
Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Green Party of PEI
“We’ve lost a fifth of the farmland on the Island over the last two decades of Tory and Liberal management. It’s time for this neglect to end. We need a government that truly cares about agriculture and protecting the land.”
Ranald MacFarlane, Green Party Candidate for District 18, Rustico-Emerald
For media inquiries, please contact:
Director of Communications, Green Party of PEI
Tel: (902) 916-7816