Recently, Olive Crane and the Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I. unveiled a new strategy of not just opposing what the governing Liberals do, but also stating what would happen in their government. Their first announcement was “to establish a provincial youth secretariat.”
While I agree we do need a voice for youth in government, the Conservatives are not the party to establish that. Being the only party without an active youth wing, is Ms. Crane really investing that much time into youth?
Seven months ago, I approached the governing Liberals and the Opposition Conservatives looking for a place to learn for a school credited Co-operative Work Study placement. I got one answer: no. “We have nothing for you.” or “We don’t take high school students” were the common responses. For a party claiming to “make investments in young people” they didn’t seem to care too much about them then.
We need politicians to not just say things, but to actually take action and do things. Too long have they broken promise after promise, talking their way into power without following up with actions. We need a real ‘opposition’ and a real choice.
In the end, I would like to say thank you to Olive Crane and the PCs. If it wasn’t for them saying no I wouldn’t have become so involved with the NDP, the real party to “invest in youth” and the true opposition to the governing Liberals.
New Democratic youth member,