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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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Thought big money was out of PEI politics? Not yet it isn't.

This Fall Sitting, Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker is introducing a bill entitled An Act to Amend the Elections Expenses Act

The overall aim of the changes we are proposing is to:

  • improve how political parties raise money;
  • make political financing more transparent to Islanders, and;
  • limit the influence of big money on elections.

Current situation

Under the current Election Expenses Act:

  • loans to political parties are not regulated at all;
  • annual financial reporting is limited to an unaudited report of donations;
  • small anonymous donations are completely prohibited; and
  • the spending limit for political parties is extremely high.

These problems lead to a variety of issues that are problematic and are of concern to Islanders.

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The King government must address the crises in health, housing, and climate if it is serious about the wellbeing of Islanders

The Prince Edward Island Greens firmly believe the success of our province is rooted in the wellbeing of its people. In the upcoming fall sitting of the Legislature, the Official Opposition Green caucus will be holding the King government accountable for its handling of the triple threat Islanders are facing – health, housing, and climate.

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LYNNE LUND: Non-disclosure agreements should never silence a victim of abuse

This was originally published as an opinion piece on Saltwire.com on October 7, 2021

What offences should be legal to cover up? When I first learned about the issue of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), this was a central question to the discussion. There are many valid and important reasons, like protecting trade secrets and intellectual property, to have confidentiality guaranteed. But in cases of sexual assault, discrimination, or harassment, all of which are illegal activities, how is it possible that in 2021 it’s still legal for someone to hide an offence? There are several serious impacts when NDAs are misused.

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OLE HAMMARLUND: New rural bus routes need fewer barriers

A good service helps people. A great service helps all people. The rural bus service announcement is good. It will help people in rural areas to travel to places of employment, school, and appointments at affordable rates.

However, the service as presented isn’t great. Already our office is getting calls from Islanders who are being left behind.

Islanders needing mobility assistance will not be able to use this new bus system unless they book travel at least 72 hours in advance. This means if they need to attend a walk-in clinic, or make a last minute appointment with a specialist, or go run an unexpected errand, or attend a job interview, or need to help family in another community, they will be unable to go.

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LYNNE LUND: Government needs to provide support for Islanders accessing the Vax Pass

The PEI Vax Pass came into effect today. Islanders understand the importance of this measure designed to safeguard every person on PEI. They are keen to ensure their neighbours and families are able to safely engage in community activities. However, some are experiencing challenges in obtaining a PEI Vax Pass.

“Not all Islanders have access to the tools necessary to access their COVID vaccination records,” said Lynne Lund, Official Opposition Critic for Justice and Public Safety.

The PEI Vax Pass requires Islanders to produce a printed or electronic copy of their vaccine record and a valid government issued ID. This is making things difficult for some Islanders.

 

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