Questions By Members, 4 June 2015
Source: Legislative Assembly of PEI

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I’d just like to preface my first question by saying that during the recent election there was considerable excitement and optimism, I believe, among the electorate for a renewal of our decorum here in the House. I have to say that I’m somewhat disappointed in what I have seen in the first session here. I think the public of Prince Edward Island is hungry for some civility in this House and for members treating each other with respect. To disagree indeed, and you will indeed find some searching questions from me, but let’s disagree with civility, please.

Ammonium nitrate import amount

A question for the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment. Firstly, congratulations on your appointment.

Cavendish Farms has recently submitted a proposal to build a storage facility that would increase the capacity for imported fertilizers. Could the minister please provide the House with the amount of ammonium nitrate currently being imported on a yearly basis to Prince Edward Island for agricultural purposes?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.

Mr. Mitchell: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I would like to thank the hon. member for that question. Today I do not have that full data on the amount of fertilizers that have been brought in. I will be able to accumulate that data over the next few hours, I’m sure, get that in a document for him, and present it back to the House.*** [response tabled 2015-06-16]

Speaker: The hon. Leader of the Third Party.

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Supplementary question.

Thank you, minister, and I thank you for taking that under advisement.

We know that we already have elevated nitrate levels in groundwater across Prince Edward Island. This new storage facility may lead – in fact, almost certainly will lead – to increased use of ammonium nitrate across our land. Given this government’s commitment to improved water quality and the health and wellness of Islanders, could the minister please explain how increasing the use of ammonium nitrate will lead to an advancement of these goals?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.

Mr. Mitchell: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

What I can at this point in time assure the hon. member is that currently there is an environmental impact assessment in the process. The hon. member will know that is a timely process. There are a lot of layers to that. Currently, they’ll be taking submissions from the public, both written and verbal. There will also be a chance for public input towards that. So the process will follow out going forward, hon. member, and I’m sure all of those things will be coming forward.

 

One Comment

  1. Walter Wilkins 16 June 2016 at 11:43 am

    Lest we forget, the primary meaning of the word “civil” is: relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns; the secondary meaning being courteous and polite. That The House defaults on the secondary meaning is unfortunate, that it too often defaults on the primary meaning is tragic. Aside from inducing one of those little throat-barfs, it all pushes one from being respectful and reasonable to being facetious.

    The good Mr. Mitchell says, “Currently there is an environmental impact assessment in the process . . . there will also be a chance for public input towards that. So the process will follow out going forward.”

    Whew, thank democracy and good governance for “public input”. That Ministers Henderson and McIsaac and the Primier’s Chief of Staff, Robert Vessey, have the likes of Warren Ellis and Blaine MacPherson to consult Islanders to generate recommendations? Well, given that degree of unbiased governance, I’m sure Islanders will be fine, just fine.

    Man, those little throat-barfs are hard; anyone got some Tums?

     

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