29 June 2016

For immediate release

Bevan-Baker looks forward to debate on proposed Cornwall bypass

The PEI Green Party Leader is questioning the government’s choice to spend $65 million to build a bypass around Cornwall.

“This decision raises all sorts of questions. The first one is whether or not this is the best use of our scarce public funds,” said Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker. He points out that the money being allocated to this project could be used to fund any number of other worthy and needed projects, such as improving schools, enhancing access to medical services, or expanding our renewable energy capacity.

Bevan-Baker is also worried about putting all our infrastructure eggs in one basket. “There are many other roads that need work around the province, and I wonder which ones have been overlooked to pay for this one mega-project. Where will the additional funds for road maintenance come from?”, Bevan-Baker continued. “Unless the budget is increased, other roads will see reduced maintenance, and roads in rural PEI will most likely be the ones to suffer.”

“I’ve heard from several constituents in district 17 who are very concerned about being forced out of their family homes”, continued Bevan-Baker. “The lack of planning and openness from government about this project means that many new homes have been built in recent years which appear to be directly in the path of this new highway. These people will not likely abandon their homes without a fight, even if government tries to expropriate them.”

The Green Party recognizes that there are many other aspects to this proposal which require full debate in the Legislature: issues such as long-term costs, provincial debt, environmental considerations, safety concerns, and potential conflict of interest.

“Government must decide what are the most prudent ways to spend tax dollars to maximize the common good,” concluded Bevan-Baker. “It’s a matter of priorities, and this announcement points to a government with much the same priorities as the former Ghiz administration.”

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Media contact:

Peter Bevan-Baker
902-388-8171 (cell)
psbevanbaker@assembly.pe.ca

 

5 Comments

  1. Bill Kays 5 July 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Why do we receive email these ‘FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE’ much later and after the fact. Released on the 29th June, yet I receive it on the 5th July? Was it because it might cause embarrassment to politicians over the long weekend at some of the tourist events and rallies? I agree with Bevan Baker as per his quote “This decision raises all sorts of questions. The first one is whether or not this is the best use of our scarce public funds,” said Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker. He points out that the money being allocated to this project could be used to fund any number of other worthy and needed projects, such as improving schools, enhancing access to medical services, or expanding our renewable energy capacity.

     
    • admin 8 July 2016 at 11:29 am

      This was sent to the media on the 29th, but we didn’t post it here until the 5th, which is when the notice was generated. So yes, this posting wasn’t very “immediate”.

       
  2. Walter Wilkins 5 July 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Is that how our Premier defines transparency: Debating decisions that have already been made in a venue that is unavoidable but where there’s no accountability? Meet the new boss . . . Same as the old boss – and yep, it appears we have been fooled again.

     
  3. david weale 5 July 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Right on Peter…a matter of priorities….and I agree with the previous two posters that the release of this fait accompli in a press release is just another manifestation of the high-handedness of this Premier…

     
  4. Janet MacLeod 13 July 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Taking some lovely farm land and rural homes to make a highway? When one already exists. Not a good idea. Traffic flows fine on the TX with tge exception of morning rush hour. There is no need of this project.

     

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