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.