FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE – (April 9, 2015) – NDP PEI Leader Mike Redmond committed to the restoration of the PEI Film and TV Tax Credit and signalled other NDP economic policies that will grow the Prince Edward Island tourism industry at the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) leaders’ debate in Charlottetown this afternoon.

“The best way to promote our tourism industry is to help Islanders tell our stories to the world. Our NDP government will restore and strengthen the Film and TV tax credit cut by the former PC government over a decade or go and never restored by the Liberals. We will also support and develop theatre, dance, crafts, public art, writing, and new media in a manner like the PEI music industry has been advanced in recent years,” stated Redmond.

Redmond also discussed upcoming NDP environment policy announcements as very beneficial drivers for the Prince Edward Island tourism industry.

“NDP environmental policies such as a new annual state of the environment report will help make our beautiful Island an even more attractive place for people from all of the over world to visit. It will be clear to all vacationers that Prince Edward Island is one of the safest, cleanest and most appealing places in the world to hike, swim, bicycle, and enjoy farming or fishing holiday,” added the NDP Leader.

But it was upcoming policy announcement for livable wage and the basic income guarantee that Redmond stressed the most for the improvement of all seasonal industries.

“The NDP believes that more profitable tourism businesses and a higher skilled, better paid tourism workforce must go hand in hand. Upcoming NDP economic policy announcements will be the best plans offered by any of the political parties for helping all seasonal economies including tourism become more profitable and prosperous,” Redmond continued.

In the TIAPEI debate Redmond also suggested tourism can move decisively from a seasonal industry to a year round business with the support of an NDP government under his leadership.

“I and some of my candidates have made our livelihoods from year round sports, fitness, recreation and community development. A community committed to year round proactive health, balanced lifestyles and physical activity will encourage people to visit all year round. That is the kind of policy and leadership all Islanders can expect if they elect candidates of Team NDP as MLAs in the next election,” concluded Redmond.

Contact:

Mike Redmond

Leader, NDP PEI

902-388-7102

michael.redmond@ndppei.ca

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