P.E.I. appoints Lands Protection Act commissioner

Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Former MLA Horace Carver helped draft act in 1980s

Horace Carver, Q.C., is the new Lands Protection Act commissioner. He will begin a review of the act in January.

Former MLA Horace Carver, who helped draft and pass the Lands Protection Act more than 30 years ago, has been appointed its commissioner.

The role of Lands Protection Act commissioner, announced earlier today, includes studying the existing legislation, holding consultations and determining what changes, if any, might be needed to that act.

“Horace Carver has a great deal of experience; not only does he understand issues of land ownership, but he is someone with a proven track record of working on behalf of Islanders,” said Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan in a news release announcing the appointment.

“I look forward to receiving the recommendations of Mr. Carver who, during the federal /provincial discussions on the constitution during 1980-82, strongly advocated the constitutional right of Prince Edward Island to control land ownership inside our province.”

Carver, Q.C. is a lawyer in Charlottetown who served three terms in the Prince Edward Island Legislature with roles as attorney general and as minister of community and cultural affairs as well as that of Government House Leader. Between 1980 and1982, he was a Prince Edward Island representative at the Federal/Provincial Constitutional Conferences.

The Lands Protection Act was enacted in 1982 to regulate the amount of property that can be held by any one person or corporation. Both the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture and the P.E.I. Potato Board have asked Sheridan for an independent review of the act.

Carver will start this review in January.

Organizations: Islanders, Municipal Affairs MinisterWes Sheridan, Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture PEIPotato Board Canadian Bar Association Society of Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island Rural Beautification Society

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments

Recent comments

  • Perfect Choice
    November 09, 2012 - 07:13

    What a PERFECT choice for this position! A true gentleman and very knowledgeable in this field. Being a lawyer certainly helps with this, as well! This is one of the very first things that the Liberal Party of PEI has done right over the past 5 years. Congratulations, Horace!

  • Rolivia
    November 09, 2012 - 07:10

    Who needs Horace??? and more importantly Who needs Ghiz. Two peas in a pot, ---- rainbow and red

  • peter howe
    November 09, 2012 - 07:06

    I am getting tired of the Federation of Agriculture, - in the same vain as I am getting tired of the Natives, ----always wanting this and that, - while the rest of us taxpayers count for nothing , --- they wanted the HST and GOT IT ,- they want the beef plant , - now they want more land, ---- give us a break, - and Ghiz stop complying --

    • Federation Member
      November 09, 2012 - 11:44

      It's great that government is listening to the group that represents the biggest industry on PEI. Federation rocks!

  • This may be a good decision?
    November 09, 2012 - 07:05

    This may be a good decision - but how many Islanders knew of it prior to it happening? How many of us felt any sense of involvement? Regardless of your political stripe - consider choosing to attend the rally for better government Monday, November 12th @ 2:00 at OUR Legislature. This is not an anti-Liberal or anti-Ghiz rally it's a simple statement that Islanders deserve real transparency and authentic involvement in the decisions that directly impact us. The evidence is clear, Islanders have recently witnessed, "serious deterioration" of our democratic entitlements. If we do nothing, we deserve that deterioration. But, don't our children and grand-children deserve better?

  • stupid is as stupid does
    November 09, 2012 - 06:58

    Why oh wehay can't this Premier not leave well enough alone, throwing taxspayers money left and right, He had Judge Thompson report just a couple of years ago, so here we go again, --- (insult to the Judge is seems), - What is wrong with this guys head, - and his cabinet for that matter, can't you guys ever stop being stupid? As Farmer pointed out, we had better look after the rural areas rather then deplete them, -- but of course you guys can't fathom anything but your perks and pensions.

  • paul
    November 09, 2012 - 06:50

    The "FARMER" is abasolutely right,- leave tthings as they are, or face the demise of our island landscape as we know it. Oc rouse Ghiz is ready to ruin it as much as he can (plan B) so it is not surprising that he caters to the rich and powerfull by litigimizing the increase of land holdings. As for the appointee, -a more self important person would be hard to find, - A good match for Ghiz. As a taxpayers I am once again disgusted with this government, -- totally unneeded exercise---- hairbrained = Ghiz brained

  • alfredd
    November 09, 2012 - 06:44

    FIRST OF ALL, - WE DON't NEED THIS COMMISSION, - IT WAS PUSHED BY THE FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE, AND THE BIG LAND HOLDERS, GREED-ING FOR MORE. THIS IS AN OTHER GHIZ INVENTION TO APPEASE THE RICH. - THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HORACE HAS PLAYED FOOTSIE WITH GHIZ, - SO DON'T LABEL HIM TORY, -- HE IS A CROSS BETWEEN LIBERAL AND TORY, PLAYING BOTH SIDES FOR HIS OWN ADVANTAGE, -- SO I AM CERTAINLY WITHOLDING MY CONGRATULATIONS, - THIS IS A SHAM, LIKE MOST OF THE THINGS GHJIZ ENGAGES IN, AND HORACE IT READY FOR ANY FAME AND FORTUNE HE CAN GARNER, - THE DEVSER EACH OTHER, BUT THE TAXPAYERS DESERVE NEITHER ONE.

  • farmer
    November 08, 2012 - 22:25

    I really hope he leaves the Lands Protection Act as it is - if the big corporate farms start taking over, the countryside will just empty out. The businesses in the small towns will close because all the villages will beecome dormitory communities for the bigger towns. Rural communities will slowly die. Farms will be split up and sold separately as farmland and a yardsite. All that you'll have in a few years' time is mile after mile of open farmland (those lovely lines of trees around the field margins will be grubbed out), with huge great pieces of machinery filling our roads, blitzing the lands when they plant, spray or harvest. If you think pesticide use is bad now, just wait! The mindset of the large corporation farms is tp make as much profit as possible and the "old fashioned" way of knowing the land and working with it in an environmentally sensitive manner is a foreign concept. I have very grave concerns for the welfare of animals kept on mega farms. The average life expectancy of a dairy cow in a "milk factory" is 3 & 1/2 years (or 2.75 lactations), compared to 8 or 10 years on a family farm. Animals are viewed as units or numbers, not living creatures. If you don't believe this, take a trip out west to the Prairies and see what's happened in the last 5 years..

    • reality check
      November 09, 2012 - 09:28

      I hate to tell you this but rural PEI has been emptying out consistently since the 1960s anyway. Paved roads lead to better opportunities in the cities and larger towns where you get to work using your brain, not your brawn. Young people go away to college and university to get trained for the brain jobs... and don't return. So agriculture loses its cheap labour pool and is forced to mechanize. But when you mechanize it takes capital which requires financing which requires a certain return on investment which requires more efficient farm operations which requires larger fields and larger farms, etc. etc. etc. That slippery slope started many years ago and the Lands Protection Act is only a very small bulwark in a very small minor and insignificant province in a large global economy. You want to point fingers to where this all started? Do some research on the changes that happened with President Nixon's administration on the global agriculture economy - look up Earl Butz who was Sec of Agriculture... PEI doesn't hold a snowball's chance in a warm place of stopping these trends now.

    • ED GALLANT
      November 09, 2012 - 10:23

      Well said Farmer. I would much rather have seen you appointed to this position.Cavendish Farms already own too much land. Bigger factory farms are not what is needed on PEI.

  • forget the party....
    November 08, 2012 - 19:36

    Congratulations Horace...!!! I have known this man years ago, and a nicer man you could never meet.....well spoken, distinguished, personable, outgoing, and most importantly, someone who cares about others...He is one man that deserves any posting he receives. As you all elude to, he is a lawyer...he sure does not need to be handed any position for patronage.....he does not need any pension or job security..... I am sure that he will fulfill this role with great pride and great representation for the Island.....some of you really need to get a life....instead of congratulating someone, you have to find some tie to the government and then tattoo and brand that person....get a flippin life....grow up and act as responsible Islanders....not everything has to be patronage.....you guys make me sick......once again, Congratulation Horace....well deserved....

  • red blue red blue
    November 08, 2012 - 17:07

    Not one iota of difference between a PEI Liberal and a PEI Conservative. Both utterly and totally irreversibly corrupt.

  • Quiet Observer
    November 08, 2012 - 14:17

    Scott, you are right, but I believe it was 80s. Anyway, it was definitely for the Tories.

  • scott
    November 08, 2012 - 13:07

    joe, you should really think/research before you post. Carver is a conservative thru and thru. If memory serves, he was assembly man for 3rd queens in the late 70's. I beleive he and fred driscoll were running mates.

  • Joe Blow
    November 08, 2012 - 12:41

    Another lawyer getting into politics for the Ghiz Liberals!! PATRONAGE APPOINTMENT!!!! He's obviously a party supporter and Ghiz decided to lawyer up with all the PNP, HST and Plan B talk going on....he needs all the crooked help he can get!! And where is Carvers salary going to come from??? Another unneeded appointment where the tax payer will have to pay his unneeded salary!! Take his salary out of Ghiz's PNP money....lord knows he has enough of it!!

    • Patronage Pat
      November 08, 2012 - 12:56

      Joe, do your homework! Horace Carver is a party supporter but not the party you are thinking of.

    • Slip
      November 08, 2012 - 13:16

      Are you sure?!

    • Amazed
      November 08, 2012 - 16:16

      It's a crying shame you don't have to pass a basic knowledge exam to own a computer. Oh my!!! Are all these comments as fact based!! I wonder why we don't listen to the Joe Blows of this world!