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.