Licence plate goes green

Wayne Thibodeau
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Gail Shea, minister of Transportation and Public Works, holds an example of the new P.E.I. licence plate for vehicles. Guardian photo by Nigel Armstrong

Anne is out and Canada's 'green' province is in.

Transportation and Public Works Minister Gail Shea introduced Prince Edward Island's new licence plate Wednesday.

The new plate features an artist's sketch of P.E.I.'s red-soiled cliffs with a series of wind turbines blowing in the wind above. That image is located to the left of the plate.

The word Prince Edward Island, at the top of the plate, matches the colours found in the cliffs.

The slogan on the bottom of the plate is Canada's Green Province.

The plate also has a website,, displayed below the slogan. That website is meant to boost the Island's tourism sector.

The new plates are now available at a cost of $5.

Shea believes the slogan, Canada's Green Province, shows where the province is now in terms of green energy initiatives.

The province has also announced that anybody who still has the old green and white licence plates or those with the Anne of Green Gables plates will have to replace those plates by the end of the year.

The existing plates, featuring Province House and the Confederation Bridge, will still be permitted.

Organizations: Anne of Green Gables, Province House

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island

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  • just the facts
    June 21, 2010 - 20:42

    So how many other provinces get 15% of their electricity from wind power? (0)

    How many other provinces have a waste management system to every home and business with a 65% waste diversion rate? (0)

    How many other provinces have mandatory crop rotation built into law? (0)

    How many other provinces have a PST rebate for buying hybrid vehicles? (2)

  • Sheilly
    June 21, 2010 - 20:41

    Thank you Margaret. I agree. It takes a lot of guts to call Prince Edward Ilsand a green province. Do they know the rest of the nation is laughing at them!

    Gads, one can hardly find a bird anymore in the cities. Would you eat the trout from a brook and does anyone on the Island remember when the ponds were filled with those beautiful frogs of many colors and species. All poisoned......Gone, after centuries in a few decades.

    I loved the story of the poor guy ea(earlier story in Guardian) who wanted to grown and sell a bit of organic vegetables at the market in Charlottetown and asked his neighbour, a big potato farmer to ease up on the pestacide spray nearby.

    He was told to mind his own business because he (potato farmer) would do whatever he wanted. Looks like many on the Island still think they can do what they want on their back fourty .

    Even poor dogs who are let out near the spraying are dieing of cancer. When will the Island put two and two together and see how they are killing their own people. It is no plus to have the highest cancer rate in Canada.

  • Rebecca
    June 21, 2010 - 20:41

    WOW at least if they were going to make us purchase new plates they could have made ones that really show the Islands real beauty , and why should we have to pay for these plates just because Government decides to make new ones !!!just because i have a idea doesn't mean i make others buy it , goodness there is soo much more on the Island to put money into Wake up Government and dig your head out of your ass.

  • Jeff
    June 21, 2010 - 20:41

    To David from PEI:

    Yes...we ARE forced to buy a plate. If we have an Anne plate or a green and white plate...we MUST replace it with the new design by the end of the year... so your facts are incorrect.

    Did anyone notice how the Tories kept the design such a guarded secret until this morning. Kind of makes you think that they knew alll along that the people of PEI would hate it and they wanted to make a pile of them so it would be too late for us to do anything about it.

    Gail Shea should be ashamed for this false representation of PEI. I don't care where on PEI the picture is taken..but it should be something that is representative of PEI...and not just one region of PEI...particularly something that really has nothing to do with our way of life. Wind Turbines do not define what PEI is.

    I think this is the Binns government's way of taking one last parting shot at the tax payers of PEI. Soaking them one more time before they get their political asses handed to them on the next Provincial election day. They have wasted our money for far too long and as you can see by most of the comments here, the people of PEI have had enough.

    As I have said before, we can post all we want to on this forum but the only true way to make the Tories listen is to make your loudest noise on election day by voting the Binns government out of power and into the political past.

    The Binns government is dropping like flies. Every week a different Tory announces they are not going to re-offer in the next election. Is it because they have really had enough of politics? Hell No! It's because they don't want to get their asses kicked in the next election and leave embarassed and disgraced which they know is going to happen.

    The S.S. Tory is sinking fast, folks....and the rats are abandoning ship faster each week!

  • Debbie
    June 21, 2010 - 20:41

    I still have the green & white plate on my car.Just had my car registered in
    march & my green plate will still be on my car untill I get my car registered
    next march as far as im concerned I
    would have asked for a new plate if I
    had wanted one or even knew about them two weeks ago.

  • ))) keko
    June 21, 2010 - 20:40

    dear shawn from ottawa. i feel niglected your salvation is mine. i LOVE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS~so~buzzzzzz~off

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 20:40

    What a joke... another PEI license plate... another UGLY PEI license plate... the design looks like a cheap pamphlet... and the slogan is misleading... with its token windmill usage and minimal support for public transit, PEI is not Canada's Green province. Does anyone do any research before making these dumb calls?

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 20:40

    Oh wow, way to go PEI. Almost 2% of PEI's annual electricity usage... truly the Green province.

    I'm annoyed that you would misuse (and mislead with) such an important term... It's great to say you're Green but you actually have to back it up with something.

  • Clear Thinker
    June 21, 2010 - 20:39

    I wasn't going to comment on this topic, but I just can't help myself.

    You people are all so cute! Who knew that Hon. Gail Shea, the Minister of Transportation from beautiful Tignish, releasing a new licence plate design could bring up things like Crowded Cape Cod or Faulty Cancer Statistics?

    Do I think that the design could be better? Definitely. But, I'm not big on GM vehicles either, and people still buy them and drive them around like they're going out of style. My point is that although I'm not crazy about the plate, some people will be. And they will be probably camping outside Access PEI the night before to make sure they get the first one.

    Oh, and about the green province thing... I would encourage everyone to do some research: I don't mean googling (that's not research, folks), but some true academic research. Pick up a scholarly journal at your local university library. I think you will be suprised at how Green PEI is in comparison to the rest of Canada. I don't put a lot of stock into things like environmental research unless several people with the letters Ph.D. behind their name have contributed to it's publication.

    Enjoy your rice and pastas: but I am Looking forward to my first meal of the year at the Wind and Reef Restaurant in North Cape! Everything always seems to taste better in the shadow of a Wind Turbine!

  • Shawn
    June 21, 2010 - 20:39

    Wow, go online to see whats happening back home and you guys are slugging it out! I have to get my two cents in but I'm not a PhD so bear with me.

    Its good to see that some effort has been taken to make the Island more environmentally friendly. Its also easy to criticize Binns and the gang but give them some credit for at least taking some baby steps but still a ways to go.

    Its your Island and its on you, time to step up. You don't need to start hugging trees, just be a little more conscience and a lot less lazy. Its disgusting to see blue garbage bags in the ditches the couple times a year I do make it back. That should be punishable by stoning.

    I love the place, it is such a great little lump of clay, ready to be molded into what could be a great example for many other states and provinces to follow and not just with the environment.

    Surprisingly enough, Nova Scotia and PEI are tops in Canada in that order for cases of cancer:

    Clearthinker, everyone has access to thousands of hours of research that has been produced by the federal government that our taxes have paid for. I'm sure a few of those reports have been completed by persons with university degrees.

    So take the night off from the library and bitching about canned pop and enjoy the Habs beating those dirty Leafs out of the playoffs! ;)

    Miss y'all!

  • Dave
    June 21, 2010 - 20:39

    Hey Gail,

    I checked the web and it seems that the Dogs Playing Poker artwork is now public domain. Perhaps you can use this image on the next plates. It's similar in it's tackyness to the New Plate and would go nicely with the velvet Elvis paintings people tend to collect at yard sales.

    Yes, the arrogance of the Binns Tories, to call themselves the stewards of a Green province. Perhaps the plate should say The Patronage Province or The Cradle of Bad Business . They could select a plethora of bad decisions detrimental to the province as their slogan.

  • david
    June 21, 2010 - 20:39

    Stupid and liar.
    PE so far is Canada's cancer province,
    with the windmill and high voltage line it will be Canada's leukemia province.
    What a future.
    You should check what the gvt have to say about magnetic field exposure risk : I wouldn't even consider compromising our chance to be leader in wind energy
    What a statement.

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 20:37

    PEI is hardly Canada's Green province. And Canada is hardly a Green country of this World. I know it's fun to call ourselves Green but you really have to live on an Island (from reality) to buy into that...

    I'd love to see PEI suport the wind farms and I'd love to see the public transit supported... just doesn't seem to be a priority.

  • Chris
    June 21, 2010 - 20:36

    I am a proud Islander now living in Fredericton NB. I see this new plate as a big advertisement for PEI tourism. The web page address is a little much, perhaps just the picture of the the cliff or some other scenic view from the island would be safice. As the Anne of Green Gables plate another waste.

  • An Islander
    June 21, 2010 - 20:34

    Johnny Appleseed is on the ball ... how about the garbage in the ditches around Freetown or any other secondary road on the Island. Gee whiz, why don't we put a picture of Robert Ghiz on the plate. He definitely knows what to do about the environment. Doesn't he? Yes, of course. His answer is to ... ummm... er ... blame the Tories!! Yes ... that's the ticket!!! Works every time.

  • Shirley
    June 21, 2010 - 20:34

    I could not help but chuckle at the green Plate for PEI. It is silly or ignorant at best for an area soaked with pestacides on the potatoe fields and an outrageous cancer rate to be calling itself green in any way.

    From what I have seen in recent visits, the greenfields are becoming the redlands. The big potatoe grower buys the little farms, go in and level every small woodlot and fence row that has been the habitat of unique wildlife for centuries. Making for a prairie environment.

    When did you see the last barn swallow that ate pounds of mosquitoes a day. Even they got the message. Or did they just die from the pestacides. The mosquitoes are surely still there!

    There does not seem to be one check and balance in place to protect the windbreaks that other areas have. Hey, those big machines and equipment need lots of room to turn. Not a tree or bush as far as the eye can see when they arrive.

    Then, the big growers let the once grand updated houses on those farms buckle and fall down. They don't even make an effort to sell of the empty houses. Thus killing the community as well as environment. This could be addressed by taxing them more for these deserted blights of house.

    Wake up people. Parts of the Island are on the way to becoming a dust bowl. Even we tourists wonder where the politicians are while the Island is denuded, except for the potatoe fields.

    I used to love to bring back the jams and jellies on past visits. I would be afraid to touch them now. Pestacides and Poison are all around. Same goes for the fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Keep a registration plate that shows a big potatoe. It represents the Island more than anything green.

  • Kent
    June 21, 2010 - 20:33

    I find it interesting that we are promoting ourselves as a Green Province yet we are creating another licence plate, thus making our 5 old ones out-of-date and defunct, and creating more waste!!

    Please, please when promoting that we are green, do not do so by creating more waste!

  • John
    June 21, 2010 - 20:31

    I agree with Jan, formerly from PEI. The lettering does look like a first grader. I always wave when I identify a car with Prince Edward Island Plates and exchange a friendly smile.

    As far as promoting tourist, the stark PEI lettering can be amusing for anyone bringing up this plate in USA or elsewhere on a google or other search.. Mainly, it will bring up the Shar Pei Dog.

    Just go to ebay for example and type in pei and half the items will be for the shar pei. The dog is a cutie but not to be confused with Prince Edward Island.

    Just imagine the silly possibilites for someone advertizing on the website. Most search on key words and not the full dotcoms.

    PRINT OUT THE WORDS: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. Not the abbreviation. The plate looks half finished and goodness know, there is lots of unused space.

  • fuel efficient
    June 21, 2010 - 20:30

    Ghiz drives an SUV

  • Dave
    June 21, 2010 - 20:30

    Buy touting this as the ne Green plate, I guess the Tories are referring to the the amount of Green that has been shed out in foolish and moronic ventures.

    As Polar Foods once more gets in the news, and we see The Minister of Tourism trying to unload the precious golf courses that the present Provincial Government so highly touted I for one am getting sick and tired of the arrogance of the Provincial Government when it comes to taxpayers money.

    If the best that Gail Shea and her ilk can do in preparation for the next election is to try to harness the public's concern about the enviroment, I think they are in for a big surprise. Provincial Tories who have sworn their loyalty to the Stephen Harper Conservatives obviously consider the voters of this province to be dense at best (and complete rubes at worst).

    When was the last time the Province announced something proactive, like a concrete solution to the doctor shortage? Where is Baggy when the farmers voice their concerns? Why was Kevin McAdam so quick to sue the Federal Liberals over the fisheries, but now that he occupies valuable floor space in Peter McKay's office we see hide nor hair of the positive results PEI can gain by working with the Conservatives ?

    The PEI Progerssive Conservative Party, Taking it from Ottawa, and with a smile and a pat on the back giving it to Islanders.

  • No more anne plates
    June 21, 2010 - 20:24

    My gawd, what a cranky bunch here today. It's $5. Going by the reaction I'm guessing nothing would satisfy the people bound and determined to complain.

  • Jan
    June 21, 2010 - 20:23

    I am a former Islander still with much family on PEI. I think the new plate looks Tacky !!! You or we have had far nicer ones in the past. Even the large PEI letters look like first grade. It could be done much nicer. Thanks for allowing my opinion.

  • Tignish Jesus
    June 21, 2010 - 20:22

    Why does PEI need so many plates - that Anne one was odd and kind of creepy.

    In Alberta, our debt free and surplus posting provincial goverment chooses to not fix things that are not broke. To spend tax dollars and time on changing license plates every few years seems foolish.

    Maybe the next one could show a call center employee working from some sweatshop outside Charlottetown for peanuts.

  • Gerald
    June 21, 2010 - 20:18

    Many businesses rely on the PEI website for their businesses? Are you kidding me?

    If that's the case, let them pay for other advertising avenues like the rest of we business owners have to do! To put all your eggs in one basket and have to rely on the PEI website is absolutely ludicrous and irresponsible!

    These businesses should have websites of their own and advertise via other means. And if they already do..then they do NOT rely on the PEI website for their business.

    The PEI government does tell me one thing with their new advertising scheme on their license plates and that's the fact that they think Islanders spend a lot of time off Island for others to see the website on our plates. And perhaps we do, but only because we need to go OFF ISLAND to buy Canned Pop and get and do the things that PEI doesn't provide for us because we have a narrow minded government that's stuck back in the 1800's. I agree with Jeff D. It is ridiculous that we have to leave the Island to get canned pop but we can now buy beer on Sundays on PEI. Oh yes...I almost forgot. The GOVERNMENT makes the money off the liquor stores being open on Sundays and not from canned pop they only do what's best for them and NOT what's best for Islanders.

    I cannot wait til the next election is called so I can show them where they can stick their license plates and their attitude on canned pop on PEI. Bring it on an election...I double dog dare ya!!!!!

  • Meg
    June 21, 2010 - 20:17

    Shirley from Boston wrote an interesting response to the new GREEN plates. I have this to ask her, and to tell her.. First of all LEARN TO SPELL before you write a long post with a prominent part of your topic misspelled

    IT IS POTATO....not potatoe..

    Second, the farmers on PEI have been cooperating with the government to limit the use of dangerous pesticides, and finally. At our home on PEI which is in the midst of POTATO country we enjoy barn swallows all summer. They are back, they are thriving. The government on PEI and throughout Canada is working much harder to preserve and protect the environment than the leaders in the US. The cancer rates in the Boston area are the highest in the country by the way!

    Lastly I will ask Shirley when was the last time you came to PEI? It is much closer to paradise than any spot in this hemisphere. Perhaps you should stay on Cape Cod with the millions of people, the polluted beaches and the endless traffic. Be sure to have a fired POTATOE while you are there!

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 20:16

    just the facts:

    Almost 2% (not 15%).

    Quebec uses 97% hydro.

    Crop rotation does not have to be built into law as smart farmers know it's something they must do (for, at the very least, their own long-term needs).

    Not all provinces have the PST, did you account for that?

  • Buddy
    June 21, 2010 - 20:14

    All I can do I shake my head. I was born and raised on the Island and very proud of that fact but the lack of oxygen getting some people's brains back there is concerning.

    The Binns government puts up a couple wind turbines and claims that Prince Edward Island green? I guess its the catch phrase of the decade so why not jump on the bandwagon. They haven't done anything to promote a viable full time industry in Prince Edward Island since they have taken power and in fact tourism has been suffering ever since Binns came to power. Pure genius such as attempting to sell off parks and golf courses (some of the core reasons people come to relax on the island) are their only money generating ideas? So now they attempt produce yet another identity for Prince Edward Island, its no wonder tourism is down, people are still trying to find that little place they know and love as the Cradle of Confederation or the Garden Province ...

    The last piece of forward thinking from the PEI provincial government was the Confederation Bridge and that was courtesy of the late Joe Ghiz. Soon after Islanders swiftly vote out the provincial Liberal government because they had to roll back wages and jobs in the provincial government in face of the recession of the early 90's.

    Ten years later you get slapped in the ass by the Binns government as they cut 300+ positions in the public health and social services sector along with another 500 due to early retirement incentives. If Islanders had have swallowed Kitty Callbeck's medicine back in the 90's PEI wouldnt have had to suffer through what has been a very prosperous time throughout everywhere else in Canada. Instead the Binns government just delayed the inevitable. Now here we have a perfect example of the taxpayers money hard at work and the brains behind it all.

    Hey Pat, I have some magic beans for sale, wanna buy em?

    Prince Edward Island continues to grow stale with old ideals and the young and vibrant continue to flock to other parts of Canada (and North America for that matter) in the pursuit of happiness and common sense as nepotism and patronage are still the norm on the Island.

    Is this the best the provincial government can do to drum up interest, advertising a website on a license plate? Unless they are also changing the size of those license plates to match the width of automobiles how the heck will anyone be able to read the website address?

    I think its time to consider some younger blood with new ideas to move the Island forward this century.

    People will come to see the bridge, Anne of Green Gables, the beautiful beaches, the yummy seafood and the warm Island hospitality but eople are NOT going to come to see a 150ft tower with a prop on it.

    PS British Columbia is already Canadas green province

  • Mark
    June 21, 2010 - 20:14

    It just doesn't make sense not to continue the old designs as well as it just creates extra costs (not to mention waste) to make people switch. Here in MA, besides the standard plates there are 15 special plates (different designs) that are used to support various causes and it doesn't create any problems. If anyone wants to check it out here is the link

  • Fed Up
    June 21, 2010 - 20:13

    I just want to say that I am not sure which plate I have but I am afraid to go look at it knowing that I may have to fork out more money for a new plate. The one I have now, isn't even a year old yet...... What's next?

  • just the facts
    June 21, 2010 - 20:12

    one province, Alberta, has no PST.

    Also one of the only provinces to rebate PST on household renewable enrgy equipment.

    It is 15%, according to CBC news and the Guardian. Your link is to an old page that predates the new wind farm down east.

  • dylan
    June 21, 2010 - 20:11

    and i really don't mean 3 behind but as far as green goes a startech system is even 3 steps ahead of it's self :)

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 20:11

    You can't argue that cans cause waste. Like bottles, people (if not you then someone else) return cans for refunds.

  • Jeff
    June 21, 2010 - 20:11

    So THIS is the best the PEI government could come up with for a license plate? In a world where provinces and states are coming up with some beautiful designs for license plates (we know because we see them here all summer...because tourists DO come to PEI without the website plastered on our plates!) all the brilliant minds in charge of PEI could not come up with a license plate design that actually represents and defines PEI?!?! Since when has a windfarm become PEI's identity? Putting Anne on our plates was absolutely laughable but at least it defined PEI more than a windmill. And PEI's Green Province makes me think more of a place where people can come to get marijuana moreso than of a beautiful tourist paradise.

    Gail Shea shouldn't be smiling in the photo..she should be crying because the photo you see in today's Guardian probably sealed her fate in the next Provincial election...and she'll go the way of the rest of the Tory into retirement.

    They would have done a better job if they had made a red license plate in the shape of a lobster or a brown one in the shape of a potato (exaggerating here of course) but at least THEY would more closely identify PEI than this stupid piece of tin they're trying to shove down our throats!

    Come on Islanders, show them you're not going to be force fed their garbage and choose one of the other designs (Confed. Bridge or Province House) and let them see how green they are when they have a stack of these plates collecting dust at Highway Safety!

    It's time our government stopped treating our province like it's a Sideshow Freak for the rest of the world to gawk at and laugh. Enough is Enough!

    We can't have canned Pop on PEI but we can get beer and liquor...and stupid looking license plates!

    On election day, show the Tories what you think of their new license plates!

  • The Real Joe
    June 21, 2010 - 20:10

    Why not a plate with an image of our many beaches? Maybe with the slogan like Canada's Waterfront to the World.

  • Dinger
    June 21, 2010 - 20:05

    Taking the blinders off and no trust in a government that pissed away $31 Million of our tax dollars - Government 'spin doctors.' How do We put the 'spin' on the fact PEI has the highest rates of Cancer (per-capita) in the entire country of Canada? SPIN-
    SPIN, backwater politician's beareaucrat's SPIN- Canadians are hot to trot on the enviroment, We'll promote misleading advertising PEI is Canada's Green Province. They left out one of the major reasons it's estetically 'green' is the tons of cancer causing chemicals the 'green Island' has been soaking in for decades.
    Are the 'associates' who land developed the Island's Wind Turbines, the same 'associates' who are land developing Nova Scotia's Wind Turbines project? Islanders would do well to look into that. The unelected government 'Associates' had The Wind Turbines project planned, designed and filed in 1991.
    As usual definitley since and during the Buchannan/Mulrooney era, their unelected government 'Associates' have the persons They arrange to get elected and placed within senior government positions-beareaucrats to funnel the monies needed to Them-'The Associates' to pay for the project and they personally profit from the project. The bearucrats and other senior goverment on 'the books' get a nice fat bonus $, off 'the books' they get passed a brown envelope of ca$h - and other favors as was done in the government money launder which resulted in the Gomery Inquirey.
    Here's hoping Lafleur is the crook who's going to sing the loudest but then why should any of them sing. They know their case will be heard befor the Judge 'The Associates' had placed On The Bench and the only reason that person is sitting 'On The Bench' is in case 'The Associates' ever need them.
    The tainted and corrupt Judges and Crown Prosecuters 'The Associates' had placed in their positions know the only reason they have their lucrative jobs-positions is that they were specifically placed there in case 'The Associates' ever needed them.

  • Johnny
    June 21, 2010 - 20:05

    I smell a rat.

    Shea is alienating all of PEI by chosing one geographic image over another. Why not the Bonshaw Hills, Malpeque Bay, East Point lighthouse, Murray Harbour, etc.? Why the cliffs at North Cape?

    It's obviously because she represents that area and is a typical old-fashioned PEI nepotism-granting politician (Island Waste Management call centre anyone?).... Those cliffs could just as easily be on the Magdalene Islands - they look exactly the same.

    Why doesn't the province come up with a plate that has no slogan and just has the name, the country and a small logo of the provincial crest? This is exactly what New Brunswick does - they have good taste and good design in their plates, which have stood the test of time for almost 2 decades and are still fresh and classy.

    PEI has just been floundering ever since they left the old cream & green plates which were simplistic but realistic. The Anne plate debacle led to the Province House and Confederation Bridge ones - all 3 designs (and this new one) are among the ugliest of all North American jurisdictions.

    Please, please, please - go back to the drawing board on this file.

  • margaret
    June 21, 2010 - 20:03

    Yes P.E.I. has the highest cancer rate in Canada, and rare forms in young children, I was born on P.E.I. and my brother died at 20 from a rare form of cancer. The only way is to stop spraying and turn the Island into one of the leading produces of Organic food, besides California that it. Look at the stats of Organic food and see the increase, people are not stupid. Tourism Down, I wonder why

  • me
    June 21, 2010 - 20:03

    I totally agree with Margaret from B.C. and sheila from Ontario. Great comments ladies. All of a sudden a wind farm is in operation and they are sooo 'Green' they have to print a liscence plate to represent it. Very funny. Not that a wind farm is a bad thing, in fact it is great for the economy. I just think it will take more than a wind farm and a lot of green grass to call yourself a 'Green' province. And for the lisence plate, if it really is that big of a deal; don't you think the confed. bridge is a suitable design. That is after all the main reason tourists flock to PEI, and now that a lot of people experienced the bridge, what else is there to do in PEI. Hence, another reason tourism is down. Something new is needed as a great attraction.

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 20:03

    You can't argue that cans cause waste. Like bottles, people (if not you then someone else) return cans for refunds.

  • Jeff
    June 21, 2010 - 20:03

    Out here in Tryon, we call it cancer city.

    The spray from pesticides makes your mouth tingle even when you're miles away from a field being sprayed - the wind carries it that far. It coats your clothes on the line, your car, your siding, your kids toys, your pets...

    There's no reason in the world that PEI has to have industrial agriculture. The potato industry is what has to go. Return to diversified small-scale agriculture with mixed crop rotation.

    And get rid of the pesticides!

    The PEI gov't is big-time hypocritical for even suggesting it is green. The entire debate over stream buffers, soil run-off, pesticides, transit, getting rid of the railway, allowing big box stores and run-away housing development across the landscape, etc. - they have a LONG way to go before they can be called green.

    Maybe back in the 60s they were green, but they have regressed so far that it's probably not even recoverable.

  • Crazy
    June 21, 2010 - 20:02

    Who gives a crap!!! They are plates.

  • Gerada
    June 21, 2010 - 20:00

    Well I for 1 live in West prince and think this Plate is awesome , can't beat the beautiful red cliff's off North Cape . Will definitely purchase 1 as soon as posible.
    Nice to see west prince finally getting recognized by goverment. And as for the Green could it be because we are completely recyable.

  • just the facts
    June 21, 2010 - 20:00

    Since the Eastern Kings Wind Farm began commercial operation in January, Minister Ballem said it has generated just over $1 million in revenue. The wind farm produces enough electricity to supply 12,000 homes or 7.5 per cent of PEIs total electricity needs. As a result, $8 million that used to be spent off-Island each year to import electricity will now stay on-Island, contributing to the provincial economy.

    The wind farm in eastern Kings, plus the North Cape wind farm, and the new private wind farm going up in west prince takes to rate up to 15%.

  • Proud Islander
    June 21, 2010 - 19:59

    Oops, wasn't this story supposed to be run on April 1st? The story should have ended with ...April fools! The tourism novelty plates will be available to Islanders and tourists as decorative plates. They weren't seriously meant as lincense plates!

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 19:59

    Shirley, were you trying to take a stab at PEI cuisine by speaking of exotic rice and pasta? Sounds like your diet is as varied as that of a freshmen college student.

    Potatoes aren't a bad food. You can take anything, deep fry it and it becomes unhealthy... even a Banana. Have you ever had a deep-fried Banana? Vietnamese...

    I'll show you swallows on the Island... only if you bring me some Sam Adam's.

  • Shirley
    June 21, 2010 - 19:59

    Thank you Meg ( who professes to be from USA in her heading and then speaks of her place on the Island, which I suspect is a potato farm??) for pointing out my mispelling of potato ...... especially, in such a gracious way!!

    I may not be the best speller, but I can surely read a map AND a compass and I know my address and where I live!

    It is true we don't use that potato word very often but that is no excuse for mispelling. . We don't indulge in potatoes very often, maybe once every few months. We have foods like pasta and rice instead. Look them up sometime.

    In fact, the french fry and potatoes are strongly associated with unhealthy eating and the obesity epidemic. We are trying to get them out of our schools and the hands of our children as best we can.

    I seriously doubt Meg have a clue about the cancer rate in Boston. I am sure it is high enough but you missed the point. We are NOT touting our area as GREEN. We KNOW it is not. You, on the other hand, are living a myth.

    The Island is officially the Cancer Capital of Canada. Yet, you call your Island the green province. Isn't this what this discussion on the new Island plates is all about? Did I miss something.

    What part of green as discussed today in environmental terms don't you understand? Please educate yourself before attempting to educate others.

    Congratulations on your swallows. Please post some pictures on the internet for Islanders and others to enjoy while we can. I recall when the evening skies were full of them years ago.

    I visit the Island regularly. My family there has not seen one swallow in years. You must be doing something right!!!! Pestacides notoriously cause egg (shells) that cannot hatch. Please....... Do not try to rewrite science.

    I love the Island and bemoan the loss of what it was. There were days when one did not have to boil the well water before one drank it. Those pestacides can be counted on to find a stream or pond that leads indirectly to it.

    That is if one can find a brook or stream left that hasn't been bulldozed over by the potato grower. I know I couldn't find one on my last trip home . I did however, find a ton of garbage dumped in the woods I loved as a child. A sad substitute.

  • Ken
    June 21, 2010 - 19:57

    First of all, check out my new website, How will the green plate look on a big SUV with smoke blowing out the back? Ironic or timely...

    Green fits PEI as far as environment, the fields, and inexperienced connotations of the word. Green politics though? Oh ya I forgot green gables and golf green.
    Green is the word.

  • Gonzo
    June 21, 2010 - 19:56

    HAHAHA, you guys are ridiculous. People will find a reason to complain about anything, won't they? I love how any topic on this website immediately results in complaints about liqour sales and canned pop.

  • X
    June 21, 2010 - 19:53

    Well that is almost as bad as putting Mickey Mouse on the Florida plates...oh wait you put Anne on the PEI plates before. So instead of putting a fictional character on it this time you put an advertisement on it.... much better. I think PEI should start changing plates with the seasons you could have a spring summer and fall version.

  • Proud Islander
    June 21, 2010 - 19:51

    their tourism website Many PEI businesses depend on their tourism website The more people that come to the Island the better for Island buinsess!!

    I would love the oppotunity to do my part to help local businesses.

    I am also extremely proud to be an Islander as we are by far the #1 province when it comes to environmental issues and we should promote that fact!!

  • Kenn
    June 21, 2010 - 19:51

    Right On Shirley from Boston!

    Liscense plate should read

    P. E. I # 1
    Highest Cancer Rates in Canada
    Dumb Ass Politicians

  • The Real Joe
    June 21, 2010 - 19:51

    1. We are not Canada's Green Province. That is a lie. Yes we have green trees and green grass, but that doesn't make us a green province. Either does a couple of wind turbines.
    2. That plate looks silly and stupid....just my opinion. Who ever designed that plate should be fired. It does however look better than the Anne plate...that Red headed whino always bugged me. Lets put a dancing smiley faced potatoe drinking a beer as our license plate.
    3. Whoever decided that we even NEED another license plate should be given a shake. Why not have a license plate for every month over the year?

  • Fred
    June 21, 2010 - 19:48

    This is just another sign of a gov. that has been in power way to long and is a big waste of taxpayers money that is needed in so many other worth while places.

  • ^-^
    June 21, 2010 - 19:47

    You guys are funny! This is very interesting to read when work is boring. I enjoyed reading all this! :p

  • Barb
    June 21, 2010 - 19:45

    Shirley: You spelled POTATO wrong. There is only an E when it is plural. Oh, and cancer is everywhere and anything can cause it. Also, PEI is a green province. We have Island Waste Management and we don't have canned pop to be littered.

  • Highly concerned with war
    June 21, 2010 - 19:45

    Jeff D from Montague and others,

    Lighten up folks. If I were you, I'd be more concerned with greater issues at hand such as the high unemployment rates and misuse of govt funds, sub-standard healthcare and increasingly elevated tax rates.
    Open your eyes, enter the 21st century and stop being so obtuse.
    It doesnt matter what party is in power, Pogey and partonage will still run rampant on our fair Isle.

  • Belfast man
    June 21, 2010 - 19:45

    So much angst over a friggin licence plate? It's a licence plate!! I, for one, am looking forward to taking Anne off my wife's car. Give the pesticide argument a rest, for heaven's sake.

  • Michael
    June 21, 2010 - 19:45

    This discussion can be, and is, too easily extended to all the other pet peeves that go along with political orientation. I'll simply comment on the item at hand: it's an unnecessary expenditure, and I trust no one will rear-end another by trying to read it all.

  • krista
    June 21, 2010 - 19:42

    shouldn't it be Canada's red province ?

  • what's the fuss
    June 21, 2010 - 19:41

    To Buddy from BC,

    Put down the bong. Pot doesn't make BC a green province.

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 19:41

    Well, Quebec has the rebate:

    I'm pretty sure I'd find similar legislation for the other provinces...

    Please show your source for your 15% figure. I'm not sure what benefit Maritime Electric would benefit from misquoting the percentage... It may be that you are confusing the amount from the Wind Farm that is being made available for home consumption (up to 20%). Unless you can show otherwise, as per the site, the figure is almost 2%.

  • Brad
    June 21, 2010 - 19:39

    is that jesus lurking in the back ground

  • Chelle
    June 21, 2010 - 19:38

    Alternative energy source, green Island? The people who are living in the area of the Wind Turbines in Canso Nova Scotia are having to move because of the harm to their health from the pitch of the sound these Wind Turbines emit. Are there people, families and businesses around PEI's wind turbines? Islanders should be informed , aware of the harm to the health the wind turbines are causing to the people in Nova Scotia.

  • Anne
    June 21, 2010 - 19:38

    The Green party is sure to love this one at election time. Thank you Mr. Binns.

  • carolanne
    June 21, 2010 - 19:38

    Hey, I'm with Belfast Man....I just wish my biggest concern about PEI or Canada was a license plate....everybody either get a grip or a life.....hehehehe

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 19:38

    It's good to hear Meg's comments. Anyway, PEI, despite the criticism, we all love you (or else we wouldn't be checking out I had issue with the misuse (in my opinion) of the term Green... I've recently read that PEI has targets for 30% Wind Energy usage (from the current 2%) by 2010 or 2016... that would be an accomplishment. Anyway, the point is we have to do our part, we can't just call ourselves Green .

  • David
    June 21, 2010 - 19:38

    This guardian site is so anti-PC gov't that they will just about complain about everything...

    Wait i'll start it off for ya's... POLAR FOODS... you know it was bound to come up some time... it always does...

    YOU WILL NOT BE FORCED TO BUY A PLATE so deal with it! keep you own confederation bridge/parliament building/anne of green gables plate and be happy liberals aren't in!

  • prince edward isalnd
    June 21, 2010 - 19:37

    The one in the picture is a sample plate. that's why its no spelled out. I saw one yesterday and it says prince edward island on the plate

  • dylan
    June 21, 2010 - 19:37 then we can truely be green and 2 steps ahead instead of 3 behind

  • Doug
    June 21, 2010 - 19:36

    Looks like you're right with the 15% figure.

    That's good... I hope they hit their goal of 30%.

  • Be
    June 21, 2010 - 19:36

    I'm with you crazy from N.S.! Who gives a crap!!!

  • Shirley
    June 21, 2010 - 19:35

    I think the Gov.of P.E.I. will do what ever it wants if we like it or not and this is a good example.I do not think it is right to force people to purchase another plate just because they decide to make a new one. As for what is on a plate I could care less as I am to busy driving to be looking at other peoples licence plates.

  • nicole
    June 21, 2010 - 19:35

    I've seen a personalized license plate from Onatrio that said VISITPEI. I think that promotes PEI tourism nicely. This goes to say that Canadians are still interested in visiting PEI if they've seen the new plates or not. There isn't a need to put the tourism information website on the license plate. I fond it extremely tacky. The majority of Islanders are going to be driving on PEI--why pomote visiting the Island when the people looking at your plate are already here?

  • Fed up
    June 21, 2010 - 19:34

    You have got to be kidding me, right? Yet ANOTHER new license plate for PEI motorists in as many years.

    Tell me something, what other province has FIVE different plates in circulation? The answer is none.

    What I want to know is how much this cost the taxpayers of PEI to produce this ridiculous and absolutely UNNECESSARY license plate.

    I also appreciate the fact that the Binns government has kindly decided to use us as mobile billboards for the province too by adding their tourism website to the plate. Maybe the option to select a advertisement free plate should have been on the agenda.

    One has to ask though is the tourism down that much that we have come down to using taxpayers as billboards? If that is the case then what else is the government not telling the people?

    The Binns government needs to realize that license plates are not trading cards. Motorists do not want to collect them all and nor should they have to or be forced to. I see many of the green and white plates still on the road and even more of those awful Anne plates and there is nothing wrong with them, yet those who own them are now being forced to switch.

    Since we still have limited time offer of selecting either the Confederation Bridge or Province House, I'd like to suggest that drivers who are now forced into updating look at choosing either of those options instead of the latest and greatest plate.

  • tp
    June 21, 2010 - 19:34

    So essentially your points are: you think the plates could be better but to each his own; and, when it comes to being green , more thorough research would indicate PEI is holding it own quite nicely with the rest of Canada.

    Given the (condescending?) tone and style of your post I was expecting far more profound insight, but the substance didn't match the style. However, if the scholarly journals are right, good for us for being as green or better then other provinces!!

  • Ticked off Islander
    June 21, 2010 - 19:33

    Get Binns out of Power and Vote Ghiz in next election!

    This new Licence plate idea is a classic Tory one, to try and get Islanders to think that everything is fine and peachy.

    They are using tax dollars to produce these pathetic billboards to try and stimulate some hype around how we are Canada's Green Province. Good luck, you can't just slap up some windmills and expect to gain that status. Start driving a fuel efficient car Binns and offer some real programs that cut emissions from island businesses and motorists, instead of making stupid plates to have islanders put onto their environment polluting cars.

    How about charging motorist for driving into the city for work, get citizens using the new public transportation in Charlottetown. Have you ever seen North River road in the morning or evenings?? Yes many motorists sitting in their lonely cars waiting to inch forward in traffic, just like the Tory government.