FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (April 28, 2014) – This year’s NDP PEI policy convention was held on Saturday at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Guest Speaker, Lorraine Michael, the Leader of the NDP of Newfoundland and Labrador, delivered a message of hope and of change to party members.

“We passed some key policies on affordable housing, a basic income guarantee, youth addictions treatment as well as deep water wells, cosmetic pesticides,” said NDP PEI Leader, Mike Redmond.

The convention also saw the election of a new President, Michelle Blanchard.

“Michelle brings a wealth of experience to the table,” continues Redmond. “Her Acadian roots and her ease with both French and English will help us to reach out to more Islanders.”

Redmond also spoke about the recent announcement that the Department of Social Services and Seniors had $2.2 million unspent at the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. He is calling for an investigation into this surplus and wants and explanation from Minister Valerie Docherty.

“We have people living in dire circumstances, choosing between paying rent and buying their medication,” states the NDP Leader. “If there is extra money left at the end of the fiscal year, it should go to helping people in need.”

 

Contact:

Mike Redmond

Leader, NDP PEI

902-388-7102

michael.redmond@ndppei.ca

 

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