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    NDP Leader Talks Decisions in a Global Context FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- St. Peters Bay, PE-(April 26, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond addressed the PEI Federation of Municipalities AGM yesterday in St. Peter's Bay. The NDP Leader urged all Municipalities to think globally when decisions are made in our communities. Decisions must be made with respect to the affects on our environment and the people across this Country and around the world. "All levels of governance have a major impact on our well being, we are Islanders and Canadians and as such must be leaders on the world stage", stated Redmond. Decisions like filling in ditches in Charlottetown have cost the taxpayers 25 million dollars and have had a negative impact on the environment and the water supply. On the federal level Redmond was critical of the Liberal Governments sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, pointed to their abysmal human rights record and the war in Yemen, that has killed some 3000 people, 700 of whom were children. "We have a social responsibility to create a sustainable future for all of our children, poverty, housing and the grave inequalities that exist are equally shared with all levels of government", concluded Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 26, 2016 9:25 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Liberal Actions, Tories Reaction, Predictable FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 21, 2016) NDP Leader Mike Redmond was not surprised the HST increased 1% during the budget release. "There is no surprise with the budget, we were pretty confident the Liberals would increase the HST, to balance the books on the back of Islanders. This is neither a progressive or new ideas Liberal Party," states Redmond. But the NDP Leader is also being critical of the opposition Conservatives for once again offering no solutions for the budget challenges facing Prince Edward Island. "The reaction of the Conservatives shows a party devoid of ideas. So instead of offering alternative solutions, like dealing with off-shore tax havens, golf courses, PNP, MLA's salaries, the cost of the Legislature, cutting the PEI Liquor Control Commission, eliminating IRAC, we see an opposition party beat the tables and offer little in terms of alternatives", concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 22, 2016 5:24 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    “Senators are not answerable to anybody. They’re unelected and unaccountable, and that’s the obvious point to make here and it is an institution that we’ve argued for decades simply has to go.” NDP Leader Mike Redmond http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2016-04-21/article-4505000/P.E.I.-political-leaders-divided-in-opinion-on-Duffy-verdict/1
    Apr 22, 2016 4:18 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Wants Clear Question on Electoral Reform FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 18, 2016) NDP Leader Mike Redmond is voicing his Party's concern over the presented five options for the question on electoral reform. "The question should be very simple, do you support FPTP(First Past the Post) or PR(Proportional Representation). The Standing committee has made the question way too difficult," states Redmond. The NDP is also questioning the process, how will the plebiscite be measured and applied? Will the option with the most support be automatically implemented, even if does not have majority support? Will there be any limitations on spending by the mainstream poltical parties other than Elections PEI? "We remaining skeptical about the process and government must supply a clear question for Islanders to consider", concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 18, 2016 4:07 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Wants Answers For Immediate Release-Charlottetown, April 18, 2016 NDP Leader Mike Redmond is asking the Premier to discose information related to the purchase of the former Summerside Military Base now known as Slemon Park. "What does government intend to do with the facility?", asks Redmond. The NDP Leader has pointed to is the CMT's(Capital Market Technologies) Statement of Claim against the Liberal Government in the E-gaming scandal. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/1813470/cmt-statement-of-claim.pdf Specifically section 68, where it states: Paul Jenkins, in an email sent to Maines on September 29, 2010, outlined to Maines all of the various Prince Edward Island funding options. He indicated that Slemon Park in Summerside PEI, would be a good location for any operation as it was being targeted as a tax free zone and that the province had been working towards providing Slemon Park with such a status. "The Premier must come clean on exactly what the province is doing with the property. Once again secret Liberal deals behind closed doors to benefit the wealthy at the expense of Islanders", concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 18, 2016 4:04 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Wants Answers on Tax Avoidance Schemes NDP Leader Mike Redmond is asking Premier Wade MacLauchlan to disclose information and answer questions related to tax avoidance schemes which appear to point that Island Abbey Foods International has presently three offshore companies in Bremuda. "I want the Premier to answer some very simple questions. Firstly, is Island Abbey Foods avoiding paying taxes with these off shore companies?" asks Redmond. With the recently release of Panama Papers, we've found that millions of dollars in tax avoidance schemes have been set up by Canadian Companies and now even companies on PEI appear to be involved. "The Premier must also explain his involvement in this company. Is the Premier of PEI an investor in Island Abbey Foods Inc.? Redmond also points to a government recruiting document from the Liberal government used to recruit at least one company to PEI by indicating it could show them how to avoid paying taxes on PEI. "Islanders want and deserve answers. The Liberal government of PEI was recruiting companies to come to the Island with the explicit hook of not paying taxes; taxes that would alleviate our current economic crisis. We have a Premier who is cutting teachers and commissionaires at the hospital in a province with deplorable rates of poverty. Meanwhile, he appears to be part of questionable investments. He needs to answer these questions, concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 15, 2016 6:45 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Supports Call for Child Advocate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 15, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is supporting a Conservative call to create a child advocate position on PEI. "We must take seriously the role government has in protecting our most vulnerable in society", states Redmond. A recent inquest into the death of 4-year-old of Nash Campbell, recommended P.E.I. establish a child advocate position. P.E.I. is the only province in Canada without a child advocate. The NDP Leader has asked the Conservatives and all parties to take the issue of protecting the rights of the child a step further. The NDP would like to see PEI enact legislation from the UN's Rights of the Child. Guiding Principles-UN’s Adoption of the Rights of the Child Children have the rights to: •Protection (e.g., from abuse, exploitation and harmful substances) •Provision (e.g., for education, health care and an adequate standard of living) •Participation (e.g., listening to children’s views and respecting their evolving capacities) •Specific protections and provisions for vulnerable populations such as Aboriginal children and children with disabilities "The province needs a framework to ensure all children on PEI have the same opportunities and rights", concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 15, 2016 5:41 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Apr 08, 2016 3:14 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Wants Summit on Child Poverty FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 8, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is calling on all political leaders, Premier Wade MacLauchlan's and the Minister Family and Human Services Tina Mundy to host a province wide summit on eradicating child poverty on Prince Edward Island. "It is inconceivable that in an agriculture and fisheries rich province we have children going hungry and living with food insecurity." states Redmond. The NDP Leader was reacting to todays story that more than 22% of Island families are living with food insecurity and that children more than one in five are experiencing food insecurity which are the worst numbers in all of Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/p-e-i-food-insecurity-1.3525018 The NDP Leader would like the province to put an immediate plan to deal with the issues today and to formulate a long-term plan that addresses income, housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. "We need to hear from Islanders develop an immediate plan, have a long-term vision and strategy, one that would include in our opinion a Basic Income Guarantee, ensuring no one is left behind and living in poverty'', concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 08, 2016 8:35 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Optimistic After Speech FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 6, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond was left feeling optimistic after the speech from the throne yesterday. "It is encouraging when government uses the Throne Speech to address important issues like social housing, poverty, climate change, renewable energy and sustainability." states Redmond. The NDP Leader praised the government for its commitment to a women's health clinic, while acknowledging PEI as the last province in Canada to address access to abortion services. The NDP Leader also warns government of a health care budget that is spiralling out of control, an education system in disarray, and projected cuts to the civil services that will have a disastrous effect on the economy. . "Balancing the books on the back of teachers, and civil servants is simply not acceptable, we have for years said that government should look within, starting at the very top, the number of MLA's and salaries and pensions of elected officials which are not inline with everyday Islanders.incomes. We will continue to show government that it needs to clean up its own house before it can begin to cut good paying, pensionable jobs with benefits." concludes Redmond Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 06, 2016 7:33 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Apr 06, 2016 3:24 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Apr 05, 2016 4:40 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Apr 05, 2016 4:39 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Congratulates Premier on Reviews FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 3, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond sent a congratulatory email to Premier Wade MacLauchlan on his undertaking of three separate provincial reviews of the City of Charlottetown's departments. "It takes great courage to embark on bringing openness and transparency to all levels of government. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Premier on a truly ambitious undertaking," states Redmond. The province is reviewing the City of Charlottetown's Fire, Police, and Water & Sewer Departments . Redmond asks the Premier to take the reviews one step further; "We would like to see Public Works department reviewed, as well as hiring practices within City Hall and full disclosure on how taxpayers monies have been spent under this Mayor's Leadership. We also want the City of Charlottetown and all municipalities to follow under Freedom of Information Legislation." explains Redmond. City Hall just passed a budget forecasting a 1.5 million dollar deficit, and has hired a new CAO with a dubious track record. "Obviously we are concerned about the financial management and leadership at City Hall. Decisions such as spending 20-25 million on ditch infilling, community advisory committees, and political hiring's, and having a 1.4 million dollar beautification slush fund have greatly cost city taxpayers while simultaneously excluding essential services to many residents. The Province has a responsibility to step in when those decisions leave people vulnerable, cause significant damage to our environment, and impact other outside communities." concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Apr 04, 2016 2:57 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Apr 01, 2016 6:28 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Hails Historic Day for Island Women FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(April 1 , 2016) Chair of the NDP Women's Committee Aleida Tweten has congratulated Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Health Minister Robert Henderson and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Paula Biggar on an historic day." states Tweten. The P.E.I. government announced on Thursday it's moving to provide abortion services on the Island for the first time in almost 35 years along with a new women's reproductive health centre that will offer a number of services, including medical and surgical abortions. PEI is the last province in Canada to provide abortion services. "This is a day to celebrate and acknowledge all of hard work, the continued fight for access for reproductive rights services for Island women,. Many groups, women and men have fought diligently for our Chartered Rights in this province, it is just a wonderful announcement," concludes Tweten. Aleida Tweten Chair of the NDP PEI Women's Committee Phone: (902)-213-2277 Email: ajtweten@gmail.com
    Apr 01, 2016 4:54 am | Prince Edward Island,

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    Our Leader continues to object and ask questions about the TPP(Trans Pacific Partnership). Mike Redmond and the NDP PEI have asked continually where the Island's four MP's and the Premier stand on the TPP. Well after Monday we now know that both the Federal and Provincial Liberals Parties support trade at all costs. A deal that will signiifcantly adversely affect the environment, jobs, buy local programs, food sovereignty, our dairy and poultry industries. Liberal and Tory, same old story! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkMrrzwoPTM
    Mar 16, 2016 4:15 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    Premier Ignoring Environment, People and Our Collective Future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(March 16, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond has labeled Premier Wade MacLauchlan's state of the economy address short sighted and pandering to big business. "We have a Premier who speaks only of growth, rather then sustainability, who hasn't addressed poverty or low wages and who is short sighted on environmental issues." states Redmond. By not addressing issues around food insecurity, poverty, environment, or the ill fated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) the NDP Leader believes the Premier is selling out Islanders. "We have a premier who speaks in one breath about breaking down trade barriers and in the same sentence talks about buying local programs. He obviously has not read the TPP Deal, where there will be no buy local programs, good paying jobs will be sent whereever big corporations can find cheaper non-unionized labour, and our health care costs for pharmaceuticals will sky rocket. His presentation was nothing short of smoke and mirrors pandering to big business at the expense of hard working Islanders." concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Mar 16, 2016 3:22 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Convention Date: April 30th., Saturday Registration begins at 9 :00AM Location: The Causeway Bay Hotel, 311 Market St., Summerside, PEI All members in good standing and other interested people welcomed Delegate fee TBA RESOLUTIONS DEADLINE TO BE RECEIVED AT THE NDP OFFICE IS MARCH 31st, 2016 Send to NDP PEI, 81 Prince St, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 4R3 Will be available at the Office by April 20th. RE Article 14.2.4 The following can submit resolutions: Executive, Council, District Associations [ where organized]. NDP Women, NDP Youth, Standing and Advisory Committees. The following Executive positions are to be filled: 2nd VP [ 2 years ending April 2017] 1st VP [ 2 years ending April 2018] Membership Secretary [ 2 years ending April 2018] Recording Secretary [ 2 years ending 2018] . Contact 1- 902 - 651 - 2180 for Convention Planning Committee information
    Mar 14, 2016 3:33 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP PEI Marks International Women’s Day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (March 8, 2016) – The New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island joins today with people in PEI and around the world in marking International Women’s Day. Since 1913, March 8th has been set aside as a day of celebration of the achievements of women worldwide, and a day to remember the courage, perseverance and activism of women who have fought for equality. Aleida Tweten, Participation of Women Representative on the NDP PEI Executive, points to the importance of the day as a chance to stand with women around the world and reaffirm our commitment to equality. “There are so many places where women are still struggling for their basic rights – to an education, to make decisions for themselves,” says Tweten. Tweten says that March 8th is a day of contrasts. “While on one hand we are celebrating how far we’ve come with regard to equality, we also want to point out that the struggle is not over. For example, in Prince Edward Island women are still paid less than men, women still do not have full access to reproductive justice, they still get hurt and killed as a result of domestic violence, and they are still under-represented in politics at all levels.” NDP PEI Leader, Mike Redmond, agrees that while there is reason to celebrate, there is much room for improvement. “As a society, we need to address the wage disparity between men and women,” stated Redmond. “Women work as hard as men and deserve nothing less than their male counterparts. The NDP PEI has a proud tradition of celebrating International Women’s Day and this year will be no exception, as party members take time to reflect on the changes brought about by women over the centuries and look forward to a time when women’s equality is a reality, around the world. The NDP Leader gave special praise to Sylvia Bryson who recently after 7 long years won her discrimination case against the University of New Brunswick"s Athletic Department. In a ruling released on Wednesday March 2, 2016 the board said it found that Sylvia Bryson, who had laid a complaint along with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, had established a case of discrimination against UNB as a service-provider of Varsity Atheletics. Bryson has been fighting to have the women's hockey team reinstated as a varsity squad since filing her complaint in 2009. That came a year after the team was stripped of its funding and downgraded to a competitive sports club http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/womens-varsity-hockey-reinstated-unb-1.3472945 "Sylvia has shown us that there is still a long way to go and that many institutions and much work still needs to be done to create equality in this Country. We are extremely proud of her long and her courageous fight against systemic discrimination in Athletics at our post secondary institutions", concludes Redmond Contact: Mike Redmond Leader Michael.Redmond@ndppei.ca -30-
    Mar 08, 2016 7:51 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader wants Black History taught in PEI School System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(March 1, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond has sent correspondence to Education Minister Doug Currie urging the Minister to ensure Black History is taught in the Island's school system. "Our future generations must know and understand that slavery, racism and discrimination were part of our Canadian culture," states Redmond. The NDP Leader praised the work of the Black Cultural Society of PEI, The Council of Canadians and in particular the hard work of Sarah Tamula for the efforts over the past month. "The discussions, presentations, music, film and cultural events over the past month would not have happened without the tireless efforts of Sarah and all these wonderful folks," continues Redmond. "We must come to grips with our past, to present ourselves with a future. Slavery existed in this country, racism, bigotry and discrimination continue today but we also have heroes to celebrate, heroes like Viola Desmond. Their stories need to be told," concludes Redmond Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Mar 01, 2016 8:10 am | Prince Edward Island,

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    Feb 24, 2016 7:13 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    Feb 23, 2016 6:18 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Island New Democrats Mourn Loss of Political and Labour Activist, Dave MacKinnon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(February 22 , 2016) Island New Democrats are mourning the loss of one of their most enthusiastic and energetic supporters today with news of the death of long-time political and labour activist Dave MacKinnon. He died on Valentine’s Day at his home in British Columbia. “Born to a large family in Little Harbour, Dave MacKinnon had a love for Prince Edward Island that was rarely matched,” said NDP PEI Leader Mike Redmond. “Although he lived and worked in five other provinces during his life, Dave returned to P.E.I. as often as possible and, at one point, ‘commuted’ between P.E.I. and his most recent home in British Columbia. “Wherever he went, Dave MacKinnon did his best to improve the lives of working people and all citizens – and he did it with enthusiasm, high energy, passion and a good dose of laughter and music. The world is a better place because of Dave and his example will continue to inspire current and future generations for many years to come.”MacKinnon served as President of the New Democratic Party of Canada from September of 1996 to November of 2001, with Alexa McDonough as Leader. He was also active within P.E.I. NDP circles, running as a candidate in Cardigan in one federal election, while managing a provincial election campaign on one occasion and a local candidate’s bid for a seat in the P.E.I. legislature on another. He was particularly noted for his constant work to recruit NDP supporters, candidates and funds. "I've known David MacKinnon my entire life and if I had to describe him to someone who hasn't had the pleasure of knowing him it would be that he was sharp as a whip, stubborn like a mule and always stood up for what he believed in. Little Harbour will not be the same. You will be sorely missed, rest in peace Grand Uncle Dave," states NDP President Nathan Bushey. Mike Redmond Leader of the NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Feb 22, 2016 7:27 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    PEI Liberal Government Violating Canada Health Act Prince Edward Island New Democratic Party Leader Mike Redmond is asking P.E.I. Health Minister Robert Henderson and the Liberal Government of Prince Edward Island if they are violating the Canada Health Act. Redmond believes that the MacLauchlan government’s practice of charging fees for services at Charlottetown’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and other clinics throughout P.E.I. violates the provincial government’s obligations under the federal legislation and leaves it open to financial penalty. “On January 26, I asked Minister Henderson why Islanders were being charged fees for various services – for example, for a bed at the QEH or for the removal of warts,” Redmond noted. “There’s also a minimum expenditure fee to access the provincial Catastrophic Drug Plan." To date, the minister has not replied or provided any reason for such fees. “The Canada Health Act prohibits user fees for medically necessary procedures. It’s obvious that the MacLauchlan government has contravened the act and as such may face sanctions," Redmond says. The NDP Leader pointed to a precedence set in British Columbia. In that case, federal transfers were clawed back after it was determined that the provincial government had broken the Canada Health Act by allowing private clinics to charge user fees for medically necessary services. "Islanders already pay for the health care system through their taxes and therefore have a legal right to access a universal health care system. They shouldn’t have to pay additional fees. The minister must respond and stop dodging questions related to his portfolio. Islanders deserve answers!" Redmond concluded. Mike Redmond Leader NDP PEI Phone: (902) 388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca ? 30 ?
    Feb 16, 2016 4:24 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Presents to Pre-Budget Consultations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(February 12, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond was one of six presenters to the pre-budget consultations held in Montague on Thursday. In his submission the NDP Leader pointed to serious financial challenges facing this province in 2016, and questioned the Minister on how well the province was equipped to deal with this reality. "We have a province deep in debt, and our fear is this government will increase the HST to 15%, further adding to the already miserable statistics around poverty on the Island," explains Redmond. The NDP Leader asked that the language be changed to reflect growth as a sustainable economy. That it also expresses the need for the economy to become more representative of the people of Prince Edward Island. The economy and environment needs to be in the same conversation. Redmond also wants change in our political institutions to move from first past the post to proportional representation which would represent the political diversity of Islanders. Redmond highlighted the need to clean up government of corruption and scandal. Creating a sustainable economy relies heavily on our ability to recognize that every citizen on PEI has the right to an adequate standard of living and this could include Basic Income Guarantee. It should also include housing, food & nutrition, clothing, transportation and necessary condition of care when required. In our society we must be judged on how we treat our most vulnerable. The NDP stressed the loss of good paying jobs and a growing income inequality in Canada, quoting statistics from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. Canadians have seen their average weekly wages and salaries decline 0.3% between 1977 and 2013 after adjusting for inflation. But previously, between 1945 and the late 1970s, workers saw their weekly earnings increase 114%. "We wanted to highlight to the Finance Minister & Deputy Minister, the grave concerns we have as a party with the direction of the province, while providing solutions for savings and opportunities to create good paying jobs, jobs with benefits and pensions," concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Feb 13, 2016 6:34 am | Prince Edward Island,

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    NDP Leader Wants Answers on Health Care System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(January 26, 2016) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is asking new Health Minister Rob Henderson and Health PEI CEO Richard Wedge to explain why seniors are being charged for beds at the QEH while they wait for a bed in a long-term care facility, why patients are being charged for simple treatments on warts, and why seniors on fixed income are being told they must spend $1,184.34 out of pocket expenses on eligible medications before they will be considered into the catastrophic drug plan. "Premier MacLauchlan, the Minister and the CEO must explain to all Islanders, why our Health Care system on PEI has become user pay. Moreover, why this Liberal Government is asking seniors, folks on fixed income to pay for medical procedures and care that should be covered under our health care system.," states Redmond. In all three examples the NDP Leader is hearing from Islanders who simply cannot afford these expenses. Seniors, people on a fixed income, a couple whose joint household income is $22,000.00 per year iare not being treated fairly under this governments health care system. "This Country was built on a Medicare system, one that ensured no one would be excluded from care and now we are seeing seniors leaving the QEH with a $3000.00 bill for a bed, this is simply unacceptable," explains Redmond. "We are a Country built on the best Health Care system in the world but over time we have watched consecutive Liberal and Conservative governments destroy that in which we were all so proud and the time has come for Islanders and Canadians to push back against a user pay system," concludes Redmond. . Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Jan 26, 2016 8:16 am | Prince Edward Island,

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    Dec 30, 2015 7:05 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Chamber President's Comments Lacking FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 7, 2015 NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is calling comments made by the Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Drake, baseless and asked Drake to please produce evidence to suggest a well paid workforce will hurt business. Redmond was reacting to Drake's comments in a CBC article that an increases to P.E.I.'s minimum wage will put Island employers at a competitive disadvantage. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-minimum-wage-chamber-commerce-1.3349978 The NDP Leader made a submission to the Employment Standards Board, in that submission the NDP references Dispelling Minimum Wage Mythology, The Minimum Wage and the Impact on Jobs in Canada 1983-2012, report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report concludes that there is “ almost no evidence of any connection between a higher minimum wage and employment levels “ and that a higher minimum wage is almost as likely to have a positive effect as a negative effect. "We believe a highly paid workforce is the foundation for local economic growth and development. This is a valid argument for any economy. On Prince Edward Island with our small scale community life and priority on local consumption this is likely even more true," states Redmond. Redmond believes PEI needs to move towards a living wage for all workers and a basic income guarantee for all citizens but also to base these policy directions on analysis, study and documentation. Government must take the lead on analysis for business and for our workforce, presently that data is not being collected, and that is troubling. Redmond points to the statistics around income inequality, child poverty rates(1 in 6 children) and our food insecurity numbers as alarming. "If we had a government that did not continually squander hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars on outside business coming to PEI, and concentrated those dollars on investment locally we could create a higher paid, more skilled workforce, "concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI 902-388-7102 michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Dec 07, 2015 4:56 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Liberal Government Must Be Open & Transparent FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(DEC. 2, 2015) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is asking Premier Wade MacLauchlan if the use of BBM through Blackberry phones is an open and transparent way of conducting government affairs. "We need to be reasonably assured that government is using communications that fall under FOIP(Freedom of Information Legislation)," states Redmond. Many Provinces, privacy experts are raising concerns over the use of untraceable forms of communication among government employees. PEI Cabinet and Government officials are supplied with Government issued Blackberry phones. Blackberry offers a phone to phone private messenger known as BBM. It is well known that these BBM messages circumvent Freedom of Information Scrutiny. In fact, the Federal Information and Privacy Commissioner issued a special report in 2013 saying there should be a ban on instant messaging with government-issued devices because the information is so transient, and people aren't able to access it through Freedom of Information requests. Retired RCMP officer Bruce Macdonald’s investigative report on CMT and PEI Government was tabled in the PEI Legislature on Nov. 14, 2014. http://www.assembly.pe.ca/photos/original/leg_f14smrbmcmt.pdf This report identifies that the former Minister of Finance used PEI Government issued Blackberry BBM in communications with E-gaming companies. These BBM communications are direct contradictions to statements the same former Minister made in the Legislature and in interviews with CBC, Globe and Mail and Charlottetown Guardian. That means all communication outside of government email accounts are not part of the public record, as required by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. "Premier McLaughlin needs to confirm that these BBM and text messages are monitored and accessible for FOIPs and the Auditor General. If not, he needs to disable them immediately," concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Dec 02, 2015 4:45 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Demands Auditor General Scope of Egaming Investigation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE- (DEC 2, 2015) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is demanding that Premier Wade MacLauchlan confirm in writing the full scope of the Auditor General E-Gaming report. During the Fall Session of the House of PEI Legislature, all questions regarding outstanding loans and E-gaming questions have been stonewalled and deflected by MacLauchlan to the Auditor General. "During the election, Premier McLaughlin made unprecedented public comments about outgoing Premier Ghiz and Ministers that “he didn’t do business that way”. Islanders were promised a transparent and open government, he must deliver on that promise," states Redmond The Premier promised to table his letter to the Auditor General about the scope of the E-gaming Investigation. The Premier then said two days later that there was no letter and the scope of the investigation is laid out in the orders in council. "This order to council is vague at best. Given that the Premier demands the Investigation be completed by Auditor General versus the NDP's call for a Judicial Inquiry, he must provide the scope of the investigation immediately. Islanders have that right to know what happened to their tax dollars," concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI Phone: (902)-388-7102 Email: michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Dec 02, 2015 8:25 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Leader Requests Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 1, 2015 NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is asking Minister of Education Hal Perry to provide information related to Educational Assistants (EA's) in the education system on PEI. "Educational Assistants play a huge role in the classroom, providing supports to teachers and students alike, it is imperative that each school has the required numbers to adequately deal with the challenges in today's classroom, " explains Redmond. The NDP Leader has repeatedly asked the Minster to define what our class size and composition should look like.Teachers today are facing extremely challenging educational environments; class sizes, fear of violence in the classroom, students with English as a second language, behavioral issues, and children with special needs. The teaching profession has suffered immensely under the MacLauchlan government; budget cuts, teaching cuts, no contract and general instability. The NDP leader would like the focus to be on providing quality education for the children and that means enough public funding for more educational support staff and for adequate numbers of classroom teachers. Redmond would like Minister Perry to answer two questions, "What role do Educational Assistants play in the classroom and do we have enough EA's in the school system to meet the need?" Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI 902-388-7102 michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Dec 02, 2015 4:42 am | Prince Edward Island,

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    NDP Leader Requests Information from Finance Minister FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Montague, PE-(Nov. 27, 2015) NDP Leader, Mike Redmond is asking Finance Minister Allen Roach to provide an update on Carta Worlwide, a company which he as Innovation Minister brought to Prince Edward Island. "Mr. Roach was the Innovation Minister responsible for bringing Carta here to PEI, and .Islanders would like an update on the companies' successes." requests Redmond. On September 10, 2014, Minister of Innovation Allen Roach announced that Carta Worlwide was relocating to Prince Edward Island. The provincial government was supporting the new office with a $10,000.00 grant. Roach says that could increase to $300,000.00 if the company reaches its hiring projections. "We have some very simple questions for the Finance Minister, how many jobs did this recruitment venture create, how much money did government spend, and what is the status of Carta Worldwide on PEI today?" concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI 902-388-7102 michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Nov 27, 2015 8:31 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    NDP Calls on Tories & Greens to Support Inquiry FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- NDP Leader, Mike Redmond calls on PC Interim Leader Jamie Fox, and Green MLA Peter Bevan-Baker to support the NDP's call for a full Judicial Inquiry into E-Gambing, PNP, and governments loan portfolio. "I am urging both leaders to stand up in the house, this week and support the NDP's call for a full Judicial Inquiry. We cannot have electoral reform, we cannot have a clean water act and we certainly cannot have an open and transparent government if we do not clean up government," urges Redmond. On March 2, 2015 the NDP PEI called for a Judicial Inquiry into three key areas of review include the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the provincial government’s extensive loan portfolio, and the E-Gambling scheme explored in detail in the article, Small Island, Big Bet: How PEI lost its online gambling gamble, by Robyn Doolittle and Jane Taber, published on the front page of the February 28th edition of the Globe and Mail. Since that time more examples of mismanagement and examples corruption have come to light. A tax avoidance scheme used to recruit Capital Market Technologies, a questionable loan to MCPEI, partial payments to MJL Enterprises before an election, and years of Auditor General reports calling into question governments handling of extensive loans. "The Premier and Finance Minister who continue to hide behind government staff and the Auditor General should now have the courage to stand by their decisions, release the billing details to MCPEI, release the 40 plus investors to E-Gaming, come clean on the PNP and give Islanders confidence that things have actually changed. All parties must support a public inquiry, there is simply no other means to restore public confidence in our government institutions," concludes Redmond. Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI 902-388-7102 michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Nov 26, 2015 4:54 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Roach Must Produce Recruiting Package for Virgin Gaming FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- NDP Leader, Mike Redmond calls on Minister Al Roach to produce the Recruiting Package used to bring Virgn Gaming to Prince Edward Island. The tax avoidance scheme cooked up by the Liberal government and Innovation PEI to attract Capital Market Technologies was only a "one of a kind" deal according to the interim communications person from the province. "If this is the case, then Minister Roach would happily share his recruiting package for Virgin Gaming," asks Redmond. The PEI Government recruited Virgin Gaming through Innovation PEI is Development Labour Rebate program, and by the Launchpad program in December 2012. "The Minister needs to clear the air on his time as Innovation Minister and demonstrate to all businesses on PEI & Islanders that this is not the way he does business. Hiding behind the Auditor General and Communications staff is a dereliction of duty.' concludes Redmond. Contact: Mike Redmond Leader of the NDP PEI Phone: (902) 388-7102 Email: Michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Nov 24, 2015 5:50 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    Liberal Government Must Fulfill Commitments FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- NDP Leader, Mike Redmond calls the government's mishandling of the business arrangement between Innovation PEI and MJL disgraceful."The MacLaughlin's Liberal Government's promising of a loan, making partial payments before and during an election, and then reneging after the election is not surprising but still disappointing." In 2013 MJL met with Alan Campbell, then Chief of Staff of the Liberal Party and put together a finance deal that asked the business to leverage $330,000.00 in capital which would trigger a repayable loan of $170,000.00 from the province and Innovation PEI. MJL met the requirements and raised the capital but the deal has 'gone south' and the government has not fulfilled its commitment to MJL. Redmond questions, "Is this how government should treat an Island business? A business with significant investors from PEI and one that has employed more than ten full-time employees?" On March 10th, Premier Wade McLaughlin held a press conference praising MJL and their partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks. Then on three separate occasions during the provincial election the government made payments for $3400.00 on May 1st, for $7,000.00 on May 15th, and for $3,000.00 on May 29th. "Why would this government make partial payments before and during the election, only to renege on the agreement after the election?" Mike Redmond asks. "This company exemplifies true entrepreneurship and has the potential to build something sustainable on Prince Edward Island. Our government should support this type of innovation, not hinder it." Redmonds explains,"When a company is promised a government loan, that company makes plans based on projected income. Not fulfilling that commitment has had deleterious consequences for MJL and the NDP ask; Will Premier McLaughlin fulfill his commitments to small business?" Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI 902-388-7102 michael.redmond@ndppei.ca
    Nov 23, 2015 8:04 am | Prince Edward Island,

October

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    We had a fantastic time with the Leader of Canada’s NDP / Le NPD du Canada and the next Prime Minister of Canada Tom Mulcair yesterday at Upstreet Craft Brewing - Sign up today to do your part in electing Canada's first social democratic government: http://www.ndp.ca/volunteer
    Sep 22, 2015 6:00 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Don't miss out on your chance to meet the next Prime Minister of Canada Tom Mulcair at Upstreet Craft Brewing tomorrow!
    Sep 20, 2015 7:01 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    TOM MULCAIR WILL BE IN CHARLOTTETOWN MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm UPSTREET CRAFT BREWING 41 ALLEN STREET 3:15 pm – 3:35 pm LOBSTER ON THE WHARF 2 PRINCE STREET COME OUT TO SHOW CANADA OUR SUPPORT FOR TOM MULCAIR AND THE NDP
    Sep 20, 2015 6:07 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    Seniors should get free services, says NDP Leader Mike Redmond
    Sep 19, 2015 10:30 am | Prince Edward Island,
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    MEDIA ADVISORY Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – (September 17, 2015) – Please join Mike Redmond, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island for an important press conference. WHAT: Press Conference WHEN: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:30 am WHERE: UPEI Alumni Place(Main Entrance) Charlottetown, PEI. DETAILS: Members of the media and public are encouraged to join NDP PEI Leader, Mike Redmond, as he addresses important public policy. Mr. Redmond will be available for interviews following the event. Contact: Mike Redmond Leader, NDP PEI 902-388-7102 michael.redmond@ndppei.ca -30-
    Sep 17, 2015 5:06 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    Billy Cann NDP Cardigan and Michael Redmond talking Affordable Child Care with Redmond Jr. - Read about Tom Mulcair's and the #NDP plan: http://www.ndp.ca/childcare
    Sep 15, 2015 3:35 pm | Prince Edward Island,

August

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    Malpeque - Meet Your Candidate!! As a small business owner and caregiver, Leah-Jane Hayward has worked hard to strengthen our community. Now she’s ready to be a strong voice for us in Parliament—working with Tom Mulcair to fix the damage Stephen Harper has done. Trained as a social service worker, Leah-Jane has been a caregiver for 14 years. She is also a successful small business operator. For 29 years, her North Wiltshire bakery has served local families. And for 23 years, her tour guide business has been showcasing our beautiful region and bringing dollars into our community. She is also a hardworking mother of 3 and grandmother of 6. In her own words: “Raising a family is a challenge. Operating a small business is a challenge. Caring for people who are ill is a challenge. Knowing I can tackle those challenges gives me the confidence to take this next step—to be a strong voice in Parliament for the riding of Malpeque.” Leah-Jane was born and raised in Charlottetown, where she was active in sports and church. With her late husband Tom, she moved to North Wiltshire in 1985. Active in their community, she is particularly proud of their role in getting the Central Queens Soccer Association started. Leah-Jane and Tom were instrumental in building the Soccer Complex in Hunter River. Now, alongside Tom Mulcair, Leah-Jane is determined to deliver the positive change PEI deserves. With Tom as Prime Minister, she’s ready to help build a better Canada—the prosperous, fair, and democratic country of our dreams.
    Aug 05, 2015 2:21 pm | Prince Edward Island,
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    Egmont - Meet Your Candidate!! Dr. Herb Dickieson is a family doctor and groundbreaking former member of PEI’s legislative assembly. Now he’s ready to deliver the change we need as Egmont’s next Member of Parliament. Herb is a Prince Edward Islander to the core. He grew up on a family farm in New Glasgow, and he has been a practicing family physician on the Island for the last 26 years. A natural leader, Herb has served as chief of medical staff at the community hospital in O’Leary and as president of the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island. Before earning his medical degree, he served as a Canadian Forces medical assistant. In the mid-1990s, Herb turned his focus to politics. He was the first-ever New Democrat elected to PEI’s legislature as an MLA. He also served as leader of the Island New Democrats from 1995 and 2002. Throughout his political career, Herb earned a reputation for delivering practical results. He fought political patronage and was a champion for sustainable agriculture and the environment. He also played a key role in securing universal kindergarten for PEI children. After a decade of Stephen Harper, Herb is re-entering public life so he can work with Tom Mulcair to put the focus back where it belongs—on the priorities of Island families, such as: // securing your retirement by increasing Canada Pension Plan benefit; // defending public health care and reversing Harper’s $36-billion funding cut; // strengthening Employment Insurance to strengthen our rural communities. Herb lives in Howlan with his wife Kathleen. As a proud parent of three grown children, Alexandra, Morgan and Daniel, he is committed to building a better Prince Edward Island and Canada for future generations.
    Aug 04, 2015 10:00 am | Prince Edward Island,

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