Posts by Joe Byrne

Housing: Back to the Future

The NDP vision for Affordable Housing    You know what’s good about the housing crisis?  We’ve all woken up to the fact that we have one.  Even the banks: an RBC report this September declared that Canadian housing affordability was at its worst level in nearly 30 years.  All of us are concerned now, and…

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A Good Choice

   Gerard Mitchell is a good choice as PEI’s Referendum Commissioner.  The respected former Justice is very capable and has shown through the years his genuine commitment to the public interest and to making Island society better for all citizens.    The perception that Justice Mitchell was favoured early-on by Premier MacLauchlan should not tarnish…

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DME: Fairness and Openness needed

   It is disturbing to see Diversified Metal Engineering be put into receivership.  At this stage it is unclear what has caused this and what is happening to handle the situation.    DME has appeared to be a poster industry for Prince Edward Island: innovative, light manufacturing with a small carbon footprint; a smartly chosen…

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What’s Needed This Session – Part 2

Joe Byrne outlines NDP-PEI priorities as the Legislature meets   We noted that the NDP-PEI has two serious issues in mind for this fall sitting of the Legislature.  I spoke earlier about the truly awful potato-harvest situation.  Now we turn to another sad story — poverty and housing.   The MacLauchlan Liberals have attempted to…

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