On November 29, 2022 I asked the Minister of Finance questions on helping Islanders who are struggling financially. First I asked how we can improve means testing to allow Islanders to qualify for help based on their current means – not last year’s income. I also asked about centralizing the means testing role to make […]
Public Account Work Plan 2018
As the new chair of the Public Accounts standing committee it was great to finally have our work plan meeting. I had been working with the clerk to schedule it since before Christmas but it was delayed due to unavailability of government members. Here is a summary of the meeting. Full records of the meeting […]
Kombucha – Allow Islanders to Buy Local!
The Guardian just reported that locally-made Kombucha from Heartbeet Organics has been banned from sale in restaurants while at the same time imported Kombucha is available for purchase in grocery stores. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/teresa-wright-kombucha-crackdown-180995/ Another case where government not only doesn’t encourage buying local products but actively deters this (provincial protein tender is another – they specify […]
Liveable Income on PEI?
I recently posted the following job in North Rustico to Facebook, and it started a discussion about liveable income on PEI: Cook wanted – Casual Full-Time Year-Round $14/hour – 12 hour shifts – 3 days on / 3 days off rotating The question was posed to me, “Is this a liveable income on PEI?” My […]
Need Tax Help? It’s Available
Taxes are complicated – too complicated – and government needs to work to simplify them. Implementing a Basic Income Guarantee and raising the basic personal tax amount may help – but that’s another discussion. In the mean time a lot people, especially low-income Islanders, don’t file their taxes and miss out on money available to […]
Home Energy Audits
Did you know that the PEI government will pay half the cost of a home energy audit for your home? It costs $300 and they will pay $150. Just contact HouseMaster Inspection Services to book your home evaluation. Find out all the details on the PEI government website by clicking here. PEI Home Energy Audit […]
Will UPEI reduce pensions?
Rumours are out that UPEI will reduce pensions by using something other than the best 3 years of wages as the basis for pension payments. Those receiving pensions from UPEI have planned their retirement around the existing pension amounts, and it is unfair and wrong to make these sort of changes.
PEI Still Needs an Infrastructure Summit
In the Fall 2015 sitting of the PEI legislature I moved Motion #46 that Prince Edward Island hold a formal Infrastructure Summit. The purpose of such an infrastructure summit would be to bring together representatives of local governments, industry, environmental groups, and community organizations to identify projects that could make our infrastructure more sustainable environmentally and enable […]
PEI debt is too high with no sign of coming down – where does taxpayer money go?
“Our debt is too high with no sign of coming down” “I want to know where all taxpayer money goes” Notes References What is the gross debt of PEI? $5.499 Billion total liabilities In 2012 $2.117 Billion Gross Debt, $0.038 Billion Debt Guarantees, $0.787 Billion Contingent Liabilities and Contractual Commitments, $2.558 Billion Program […]
Balance budgets and end usury
“Balance budgets / end usury” Notes References CBC – January 13, 2016 – P.E.I. government wants public input on balancing provincial budget “Participants will be asked if they think growing the economy and increasing revenue is the best option, or if programs and services should receive a change in funding. They will also be […]