We’ve heard so much talk about the economy lately. During the federal election, there was much debate about whether or not we were in a recession. Our premier talks about how we’re now exporting more than ever before. The economy gets a lot of attention, and rightly so.
But there is a much larger picture to the overall well being of a place, and anyone who’s well being has ever been in jeopardy knows that. Quality of life needs to be a part of the dialogue. Which is why I think Peter Bevan-Baker’s Well Being Measurement Act is so interesting. Measuring GDP is important, but it is far from the only thing our province should consider when we define our success. Equally important in the equation, and certainly more important to individuals, are things like the overall health of their family, how many children are going hungry, can seniors afford their medications, can families heat their homes? Measuring and valuing quality of life is the direction our province should be moving in.
We say we want to attract and maintain newcomers to P.E.I. What better way to do this than to demonstrate that we are a province that values a high quality of life? And imagine being able to market us as ‘Canada’s Happiest Province.’