Editor: “He encouraged employers to redouble their efforts, consider offering additional incentives, such as increasing salaries, more flexible shifts or more transportation options to bring workers from different areas.” (Emphasis mine.) Employment Minister Jason Kenney thinks employers should provide transportation. Well, that’s exactly what employers are doing. How do workers from eastern Europe get to P.E.I.’s canneries? They are flown here by employers. This is just what we don’t need.
What we do need is the government to provide transportation so islanders, not Poles or Thais, can reach employers. This requires not jet aircraft. It requires buses, an Island-wide bus system as outlined in the 2008 ENTRA study.
Until mobility is provided to all islanders, the kind of mobility available everywhere in the world except Canada’s maritime provinces, we are going to suffer a constipated economy.