Party Leaders’ Debate on the Land – Tuesday April 9

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The Coalition for the Protection of PEI Lands has invited the leaders of the four political parties to take part in a public debate on urgent land-related issues in Prince Edward Island. The debate will take place on Tuesday, April 9th at 7 pm at the Murchison Centre in Charlottetown.

The leaders of three parties have confirmed their participation: the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI, Green Party of PEI and the New Democratic Party of PEI. The leader of the Liberal Party of PEI, Premier Wade MacLauchlan, will not be attending.

The Coalition notes that Islanders are increasingly voicing their concerns about ownership, control, and use of the land. PEI residents are taking seriously the impacts of land grabbing, the condition of soil health and the erosion of our rural communities.

The purpose of the debate is to give PEI voters an opportunity to hear the leaders address the importance of land issues and their policies for the real protection of PEI lands.

Leaders will answer written questions submitted from members of the Coalition. If time permits, questions will also be solicited from the audience. This will be a moderated event and will follow a nonpartisan, unbiased and impartial format. The moderator is Bill McGuire, journalist, recently retired editorial /opinion page editor of The Guardian.

2019 Convention Highlights

 

The NFU District Convention was held on March 19 at North Milton. And what a day it was! The hall was filled to the brim. The agenda was just as full, with presentations on lands protection, water extraction, impacts of trade agreements on the dairy industry and an update on land holdings data from IRAC.

As to be expected, District Directors Doug Campbell’s report to the convention was powerful – read the whole thing here.

The following resolutions were passed, calling on government to:
– enforce the Lands Protection Act, to reflect spirit and intent and to close the loopholes in the Act.
– address the depletion of soil organic matter by enforcing the Crop Rotation Act, and to require that hay or cover crops be planted in one year of the rotation
– find sustainable alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides as well as other synthetic pesticides – including integrated pest management supports/services, and incentives and supports for farmers to transition to more regenerative and organic methods of production. Continue reading

A Worldwide Phenomenon

Land Grabbing

Doug Campbell, Director, NFU District One, District One

This is the full text of the presentation Doug Campbell made at the February 23, 2019 Forum hosted by the Coalition for Protection of PEI Lands.

The land grab is a worldwide phenomenon that is greatly impacting the landscape of Prince Edward Island. The Island should be protected from this phenomenon by the 1982 Lands Protection Act; a forward-thinking-piece of legislation of spirit and intent, and law to ensure Islanders retain the right to the ownership and use of their land. The Lands Protection Act is constitutional. Islander residents have the right to determine the ownership of their limited primary resource. We have a right to guard its stewardship for present and future generations of Islanders.

Ownership and control of the Island land has been an ongoing saga since the British claim to ownership through defeat of the French in 1759. Of course, neither the French not the English concerned themselves with the ethics of taking the land of the Mi’Kmaq people. How ironic this point is when one thinks of where we stand today with the current land grab. Force has been replaced with underhanded tactics. Continue reading

District Convention – March 19

The NFU District One, Region One District Convention will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at Milton Community Hall (March 21 is the storm date).

The theme is Protection of PEI Land.

Registration at 9:30 a.m. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. and will end at 4:00  p.m.

Speakers include:
Jean-Paul Arsenault who was very involved in the Carver Commission round of public meetings;

Mike Van den Heuvel who is conducting a study on water levels, and will likely speak about high capacity wells, supplemental irrigation, etc.

Laurie Loane from the Agricultural Sector Council who will bring us up to date on various tech. programs available to farmers and farm workers.

Honourable Richard Brown, Minister of Communities, Land and the Environment.

Registration fee of $20 covers noon lunch as well. Assistance for childcare for delegates can be arranged. Call Edith Ling at 902-368-1262 about this.

Resolutions will be discussed and elections held for the positions of District Director, Women’s District Director and Youth District Director.