NDP to hold policy sessions

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Leader Mike Redmond says party seeking input from Islanders

The P.E.I. NDP is looking for input from Islanders and it’s hoping to get it through a series of policy consultations announced Thursday in Charlottetown.

Leader Mike Redmond said the party won’t be the ones leading the discussions and everyone is welcome.

“We don’t have all the answers and that’s why public consultations and engaging the community is such an important aspect to our party,” he said.

The party will hold its first consultation meeting Jan. 30 at the Cornwall Civic Centre to discuss watershed issues.

Redmond said the party hasn’t decided how many meetings it will hold, but plans to tackle several issues such as health care, sport, the environment and HST.

“We’ve already had some indicators from people within the community of things that they would like to have us speak to,” he said.

From there, the party will compile a review document after each session and the party will use some of what it hears in its platform heading into the next election, he said.

“It will certainly help us be the base from which we build policy within the party.”

Redmond said he hopes it won’t be just NDP supporters who attend the consultation meetings.

“It can only benefit all Islanders if everybody is engaged in the process that’s transparent and open,” he said.

 

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  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2013 - 13:56

    Mr. Kays...to your point about sport. It is a very important issue on so many different levels. Health Care can be improved by more people being active for life thru sport, sport hosting can be a huge economic boost to the Island's economy...and for social justice reasons those segments of the population who do not have the opportunities it can be devasting.Not to mention the continued barriers that exist on the Island. This topic could prove to be very interesting and judging by Mr. Redmond's comments on the radio he is looking for what the community would like to hear. Refreshing!

  • intobed
    January 18, 2013 - 14:53

    Hey NDP, if you are not in favour of enacting recall legislation ASAP after the election, then don't bother to come knocking on my door. We need recall legislation.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 18, 2013 - 10:56

    The meeting should be about stating the priorities of the next government. I am looking forward to the meeting although I am not sure if sport has the same significance as health care, HST, EI, and the environment. I assume the environment talks will deal with land use, clean water, food security, and drilling, fracking, etc.. How does sport equal these other important issues of food security, water security, shelter, jobs, health care etc.?

  • Rob Mac
    January 18, 2013 - 10:50

    It unfortunate that regardless how credible their leader and their policies may be, the reality is that the NDP are going to struggle to find credible candidates across the island.

  • hammike
    January 18, 2013 - 10:44

    Recall legislation should be on the list. Our current government certainly wont consider it, because they would be out in the cold by now if we could do it.

  • Checker
    January 18, 2013 - 10:13

    I hope the NDP has enough smarts to have a good look at the energy issue here on the Island. It should be a public utility with no affiliations. The notion of the Province taking over the production of energy and Maritime Electric acting as sole distributor is ludicrous . The taxpayer and rate payers are in for a hosing here. I hope the NDP researchers have a good look at what happened in Newfoundland with the Quebec Hydro agreement and the sale of Nova Scotia Power by Donald Cameron and his government . There is a lot at stake here and the taxpayer always seems to come out on the short end.

    • Bertie
      January 19, 2013 - 11:32

      If you do an internet search you will see Redmond and the NDP are all over this one. There was a Guardian story two weeks ago. Meanwhile Sheridan sneaks the energy scam deal along behind the scenes. Also former Binns deputy Mike O'Brien was on CBC saying it is great while not releaseing his data.It was very bizarre. Check it out.

  • marcus
    January 18, 2013 - 09:35

    Land use is very closely tied to the health of watersheds. We need to have province-wide land use planning implemented to protect what's left of our natural areas, as well as to ensure that farming is not impeded by subdivision development & sprawl left unchecked. It's a thorny issue in PEI but someone has to grab this bull by the horns and ''rassle'' it to the ground once and for all.

  • Concerned Islander
    January 18, 2013 - 09:12

    Force ahead with the Freedom of Information Legislation Mike, this is long overdue here on PEI, just look at the mess Mayor Basil Stewart and Senior Management have caused in Summerside by covering up the Concert Fiasco, Hopping Report, Ford Case ,Griffin malicious persecution, just to mention a few

  • Party must build in hiding from Ghiz regime
    January 18, 2013 - 09:08

    Perhaps the party can consider some well protected manner where Islanders can have input but never have to show up in public, just yet. Islanders cannot go to a meeting without being branded by the Ghiz regime or the Tory gang (who ever they are?) Islanders are sheep because they have to be to keep the job so they will only speak up while hidden in the voting booth. The party must provide for those who actually work for the Liberals and want to vote against them privately.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      January 18, 2013 - 11:05

      I agree with you that Islanders (and Canadians as a whole) are sheep and are being led to the slaughter by our current governments. Why do you not grow a set and stand up for what you believe to be right? I thought Mr Ghiz was doing everything perfectly, a perfect party with perfect party members and perfect workers in a perfect workplace. It is time to come forward whistle blowers, tell the truth about the PNP scam and put both of these political parties on notice that times are changing.

    • Tpbias
      January 20, 2013 - 11:02

      You make a superb point and an important recommendation.People do need safe ways to access the political process in PEI"s third worldish political culture. However the NDP will need people to stand up and be heard. Fearing for impacts on loved ones I am struggling with the question myself.