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Historic Fall sitting sees Green Caucus make life better for Islanders

 Islanders are benefiting in significant ways after a historic sitting of the Legislature that saw important legislation by the Official Opposition Green caucus passing into law.

“This is a thrilling time for Prince Edward Island,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “This fall sitting has been a highlight of my career. I couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous and life-changing work by my colleagues in the Green caucus.”

Green legislation passed during the sitting included a paradigm shift in how Islanders are treated and protected when it comes to issues of harassment and discrimination.

“The NDA legislation proposed by MLA Lynne Lund means Islanders cannot be gagged and silenced anymore when it comes to speaking out about misconduct and unlawful acts,” said Bevan-Baker. “This is groundbreaking legislation – the first of its kind in all of Canada.”

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Green legislation for partial moratorium on renovictions passes

Charlottetown, PE – Today Green legislation was passed in the Legislative Assembly to immediately halt some actions to evict Islanders for reasons of renovations or repairs.

“We are in an unprecedented housing crisis that is becoming more and more dire every day,” said Hannah Bell, Official Opposition Critic for Finance. “Government committed to bring the new Residential Tenancy Act this sitting but chose not to. Islanders have been waiting for two years for better protections and they cannot wait any longer.”

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Green legislation tackling unfair wages and wage gaps passes second reading

Charlottetown, PE - Workers and advocates around the world are stressing the need for increased protections for workers and increased transparency by employers to reduce and eliminate wage gaps.

“Despite greater economic participation by women and the advancement of more women into senior positions, the gender wage gap persists as an issue,” explained Trish Altass, Official Opposition Critic for Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture.

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Historic Green legislation to prevent organizations from silencing Islanders experiencing harassment and discrimination through NDAs passes unanimously

Charlottetown, PE - The Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island made history this afternoon when MLAs unanimously voted in favour of Green legislation developed to protect Islanders who have experienced harassment and discrimination. The Act was sponsored by Green MLA Lynne Lund.

“This is truly an historic day,” said Lynne Lund, Official Opposition Critic for Justice and Public Safety. “With the passing of this legislation - the first of its kind in Canada - Islanders can be confident that their rights and needs are respected and protected when it comes to organizations attempting to silence victims and cover-up misconduct.”

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Government amendments to Lands Protection Act abandon small Island farmers and extend excessive grace period to corporations not in compliance with law

Charlottetown, PE - Proposed amendments to the Lands Protection Act introduced by the Minister of Agriculture and Land create an extended grace period for corporations not in compliance with the Act. Instead of requiring an immediate divestment of land that is above and beyond the legally allowable limit, government is permitting offenders up to nine years to come into compliance with the law.

“It is understood that divestment does take some time, however, nine years is excessive,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Agriculture and Land. “The proposed provision means corporations not following the law are able to continue benefiting from land held illegally for up to nine years while robbing small Island Farmers of the opportunity to use that land to improve their operations and diversify our agricultural sector.”

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Greens introduce two pieces of key legislation that offer first of their kind protections for Islanders against discrimination, harassment, and inequality

Charlottetown, PE - Today the Official Opposition Green caucus tabled two pieces of key legislation. One is designed to protect Islanders from harmful non-disclosure agreements and the other to tackle wage gaps through increased transparency in pay.

The first piece of legislation is the Non-Disclosure Agreements Act. The purpose of this legislation is to support and protect Islanders who have been subject to harassment or discrimination from being silenced through non-disclosure agreements.

“Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have been used to silence victims of unlawful acts. We must protect people by preventing NDAs from being misused,” said Lynne Lund, Official Opposition Critic for Justice and Public Safety. “This legislation will offer critical protections and support for Islanders who have been subject to harassment or discrimination.”

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Greens in the Leg: October Update

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Greens_in_leg_collage.pngThe Legislature reconvened for its Fall Sitting on October 19th, and what a powerful couple of weeks it has been for our Green Caucus!

Our aim with this update is to share some of the highlights of the past two weeks in the Legislature with you.

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A Citizens' Assembly on Proportional Representation - Motion passed!

The Green Party of PEI is celebrating the passage of Motion 71: A Citizens' Assembly on Proportional Representation yesterday in the Legislature in a vote that was supported by all Green MLAs, two Liberals including interim leader Sonny Gallant, and three PC MLAs (Premier Dennis King was absent from the Legislature at the time of the vote).

Motion 71 was tabled by District 22 MLA Steve Howard and Green Official Opposition Leader Peter Bevan-Baker, who both spoke to the motion before it went to a 13-11 vote in favour of the motion. You can watch what they had to say about why a Citizens' Assembly on Proportional Representation is important in the video below:

 

 

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Capital budget bulldozes healthcare, housing, and climate action in favour of paving paradise

Charlottetown, PE - The capital budget released today by the King government reveals its priorities and it isn’t a good picture for Islanders.

“Three years into its mandate and the King Conservatives have yet to demonstrate that its priorities are about people,” said Hannah Bell, Official Opposition Critic for Finance.

The Official Opposition made a budget submission outlining what Islanders have been saying is critically important for their wellbeing and prosperity. The King government has chosen to ignore Islanders and focus instead on paving more roads.

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All Island students and teachers benefit from Official Opposition request for clean water bottle refilling stations in Island schools

Charlottetown, PE - This week MLA Hannah Bell questioned the Minister of Education why there were not enough clean water drinking stations made available in Island schools. Water fountains had been removed due to COVID restrictions leaving Island students without access to clean drinking water.

“My constituents have been highlighting to me this summer a number of issues impacting their ability to feel safe as they prepare to send their children back to school. The restricted access to drinking water came to my attention when students at Stonepark informed me they were fundraising to buy more water filling stations. Schools should not have to raise money for better access to drinking water,” said Hannah Bell, MLA for Charlottetown-Belvedere.

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