Elect District 16 candidate Larry Hale

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Larry Hale Cornwall-Meadowbank's New Democratic voice.

Mr. Hale is a Biology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he also serves as the Treasurer of the Faculty Association.
 
He has a bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University in BC, a Ph.D. from McMaster University in Ontario, and is currently enrolled part-time in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.
 
Larry has been a long-time and faithful member of West River United Church in Cornwall. He is a Licenced Lay Worship Leader in the United Church, and has lead worship services in many churches across PEI. He currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Camp Abegweit, the United Church summer camp in PEI. He has previously served as a coach for the Eliot River Ramblers soccer organization, and is currently a member of the Confederation Singers.
 
“Cornwall-Meadowbank is a special and quickly growing community. I have lived in the Cornwall area since I moved to PEI in 1989, and have come to appreciate it's unique and caring character. The riding has health care, affordable housing and other needs that are not being met, and I am prepared to address these and other resident aspirations. New Democrats have always been at the forefront of positive social change across this country. PEI and Cornwall-Meadowbank deserve no less”, affirms Larry Hale.
 
Larry Hale lives in Cornwall with his wife Linda, who are the proud parents of their adult sons Alan and Michael.

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Voting Info

The District 16 Cornwall-Meadowbank By-Election has been called for Monday November 15, 2020.

All in-person voting will take place at the APM Centre, 35 Mercedes Dr in Cornwall

Advance Voting Dates
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday,  November 8, 2021, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday     November 12, 2021, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ordinary Polling Day (Election Day)
Monday  November 15,  2021, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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What New Democrats are fighting for

Healthcare

Healthcare is an urgent concern for Islanders, both in Cornwall-Meadowbank and across PEI. The last 18 months has demonstrated this more than ever. At the beginning of the pandemic, we underestimated the toll this virus would have on our ability to meet other medical needs.

A New Democratic Party would make sure these important issues are addressed.

  • An increased investment in healthcare. Cornwall-Meadowbank needs, and deserves, a multi-disciplinary community health center that will bring together additional physicians and nurses, along with mental health services, physio- and occupational therapy, among others.
  • A fully funded public Pharmacare system.
  • Expansion and improvement of our publicly provided mental health care system across the island.
  • Seniors account for a large number of our population and care for them is a priority. To truly have a proper health care system, additional publicly owned, long-term care facilities must be part of the health care conversation. And an Island New Democratic government would see to this.
  • Development of publicly funded programs for essential dental and vision care.

Housing

The need for rent that is geared to income is very great on PEI. The numbers of those in the PEI Housing waiting list is only a percentage of the need. We need a bold vision to permanently relieve the difficulty affording rent felt by so many Islanders.

Why pubic housing rather than private market housing?


The policy of using taxpayer’s money to provide private developers with grants and loans to create rental housing doesn’t provide a solution which will take care of future generations. At the end of the contract (12, 15 or 20 years) the community is left with nothing while the developer has a valuable asset which it can convert to whatever it wants – luxury apartments, hotel, Airbnb etc. It’s not a policy with any long-term vision or any concern for future generations.

  • We want to build housing which is attractive and with better amenities than anything the private sector can provide for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Low- and moderate-income families need stability and security in their home – free of the threat of eviction for renovations, demolitions, or for change of use of their apartment. Rents will be geared to income – not determined by the market
  • Homes will be in the heart of cities and towns as well as in rural areas
  • Buildings can be owned by co-operatives, private non-profits, community land trusts or municipal or provincial governments.
  • Advanced building codes need to be implemented for new constructions and retrofits. Currently there is no climate change forethought in these new constructions. They should be equal to net-zero in terms of sustainability.

Income

It is the role of government to create policies and programs to ensure that every person living in Prince Edward Island has a livable income without having to rely on charity to meet their basic needs. The NDP-PEI believes that it is possible to eliminate poverty by redistributing wealth on the basis of a fair tax system, and by investing in public services.

  • Making minimum wage a livable wage, to be evaluated on an annual basis
  • Implementing, in cooperation with the federal government, a Basic Income Guarantee pilot project
  • Social assistance rates that match the real costs of living, and which are evaluated on an annual basis
  • First contract legislation to help unions get a first contract with an employer
  • Working towards greater power for workers in the workplace

Transportation

When we speak of affordable housing, accessible transportation needs to be part of the plan.

  • People who don’t own a car, or don’t want to own or drive a car for climate justice reasons, need affordable transportation to get to work, to appointments, to shopping and recreational activities.
  • Many of these activities either occur or end in the evenings (end of works shifts, for example). Transportation needs to be available in the evenings to allow residents of Cornwall-Meadowbank to return home at those hours.
  • Lack of transportation can be an important cause of social isolation, and our seniors are particularly susceptible to this.
  • Regular, reliable public transit is an important need if we wish to meet our CO2 emissions targets

The NDP-PEI believes that the only way to provide an efficient, affordable and comprehensive Island-wide public transit system is through public investment and ownership.

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