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Mike Redmond, leader of the P.E.I. NDP, speaks during the party’s annual policy convention at the Charlottetown Hotel Saturday.
NDP P.E.I. Leader Mike Redmond believes it is time for Premier Robert Ghiz to shuffle his cabinet and rethink some of his government’s policies.
The Ghiz government has not had a cabinet shuffle since the general election in 2011.
“The Ghiz Liberals have been in power for over seven years and it is showing signs of aging very ungracefully,” Redmond said.
He believes the most recent example revolves around the juxtaposition of holding back the advice of the provincial Environmental Advisory Council on deep-water wells while also promoting a plan to consult with the public on a new water act.
Redmond says this is a sign the government has lost control of itself.
“The current environment minister cannot continue in that position. All credibility has been lost in the environment portfolio,” Redmond stated.
In June, Redmond called for higher HST rebates to make up for the removal of $2 million from the social assistance budget as a way to help the 27 per cent of Island children who live in homes without adequate access to healthy food.
Redmond said a failure to get sufficiently large HST rebates to thousands of Islanders who are struggling shows cabinet is “out of touch and disorganized.”
“The amount of people in need extends well beyond the traditional social assistance clientele. The premier needs to appoint a new finance minister and a new community services minister and instruct them to get money out to Islanders now,” Redmond said.