P.E.I.’s agriculture minister advised the legislature his authorities will launch a report by the Island Regulatory and Appeals Fee associated to a controversial company land transaction.
Minister Bloyce Thompson addressed the difficulty Wednesday, below questioning from the opposition.
Thompson requested the investigation in 2019, which targeted on the switch of two,200 acres in Summerside and North Bedeque to an organization now referred to as Pink Fox Acres.
IRAC despatched the report back to the minister final month. The minister then stated he was ready for the privateness commissioner to evaluation the report.
Whereas answering questions from Inexperienced MLA Michele Beaton within the legislature, Thompson stated, “Nobody on this home desires to launch this report greater than I do Mr. Speaker and as quickly because the privateness commissioner presents her recommendation and steering the report can be launched.”
Events requested to divest land
In a information launch in October, Thompson stated he had requested the “events concerned” to divest land to return into line with the Lands Safety Act. Nonetheless the minister has not confirmed which firm or people he is provided that path to.
“I am certain this is not over by an extended shot Mr. Speaker and I am certain issues will presumably find yourself in court docket so I’ve to be very cautious what I say right here,” Thompson stated throughout query interval.
This is a crucial difficulty for all Islanders and we do not wish to get it incorrect.— Agriculture Minister Bloyce Thompson
Beaton requested, “When will you lastly admit that you haven’t any playbook for shielding Island land?”
Thompson stated, “I’m solely the second minister to ask for a divestiture of land on this Island…. We took [a] sturdy hand right here Mr. Speaker and I am certain it isn’t over and we are going to proceed to guard Islanders, defend this land on this Island.”
Thompson stated he is additionally taking steering from authorized advisers. “This is a crucial difficulty for all Islanders and we do not wish to get it incorrect.”
He didn’t say when it will be made public.
The data and privateness commissioner is an unbiased officer of the P.E.I. Legislative Meeting who promotes public entry to data and safety of privateness, in keeping with the legislature’s web site.
Extra P.E.I. information