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PC candidates to debate land protection

PC Leadership candidates Allan Dale, Sarah Stewart-Clarke, Shawn Driscoll, Kevin Arsenault and Dennis King faced off in the second of three debates at Credit Union Place in Summerside. About 180 people attended the event.
PC Leadership candidates Allan Dale, Sarah Stewart-Clarke, Shawn Driscoll, Kevin Arsenault and Dennis King faced off in the second of three debates at Credit Union Place in Summerside. About 180 people attended the event. - Millicent McKay

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is sponsoring a forum with the five Progressive Conservative candidates on the issue of the shifting control of land on P.E.I.

The forum will be held at the Murchison Centre on St. Pius X Avenue in Charlottetown on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.

The NFU has maintained for years that weaknesses in the Lands Protection Act and other land-related acts have caused an alarming consolidation of land in fewer and fewer hands.

“The land is being excessively used for the profit of the few,’’ said a news release issued by the NFU. “This results in the impoverishment of Island lands. There is little hope of curtailing the corporate greed for the control of more land when there is lack of political will on the part of government.’’

The NFU will be asking the five PC hopefuls how they plan to protect the land.

The forum will be chaired by long-time, newly retired journalist Bill McGuire. Douglas Campbell, district director, will represent the NFU.

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