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I am committed to bringing your voice to Ottawa, by ensuring your concerns are heard and working with you to create opportunities for growth in our province.

Our Open Letter to the Minister of National Defence

Posted on August 14, 2014

Please see below, a letter from myself, Liberal Critic for Public Safety and Joyce Murray, Liberal Critic for National Defence.1431_Letter_CSEC_EN-page-001 1431_Letter_CSEC_EN-page-002

Statement by Malpeque Member of Parliament Wayne Easter on McCain Closure

Posted on August 7, 2014

(OTTAWA) “I was saddened today to hear of the impending closure of the McCain French fry processing plant in Borden-Carleton. The plant employed a large number of people and they, their family members, the potato industry, as well as the community as a whole will be impacted by the closure.

While I welcome the measures McCain Foods has taken to ease the transition for the employees and community, it is my hope that the federal and provincial governments are proactive in developing a long term economic action plan that will benefit all. I encourage all stakeholders, including Prince Edward Island’s Regional Minister, Gail Shea, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, to work collaboratively on a plan to address the job losses, industry impact and financial hit to the community of Borden-Carleton and surrounding areas.

As always, my office is there to assist Malpeque constituents and I encourage employees and organizations affected by the closure to contact me if there is any way I may be able to help.”

 

Conference Board’s Report on PEI

Posted on July 27, 2014

ConferenceBoardOfCanadaThe Conference Board of Canada is a treasure trove of great information, including about the economic prospects of the provinces. In a recent Conference Board report, Alicia Macdonald makes the following comments about the Island:

  • Growth in the PEI economy is expected to slow in the near term, with expected real GDP growth of 1.3% in 2014 and 1.9% in 2015, down from 2.1% in 2013.
  • New marketing efforts and increased crop diversification will lead the agricultural sector to be a “steady” contribution to near-term economic growth, “gaining 2.6 per cent in 2014 and another 1.8 per cent in 2015”.
  • A drop in potato production in North America and Europe should help to put upward pressure on prices for the crop.
  • With “lacklustre” demand for potato products, the Island’s farming sector has diversified in recent years, increasing the acreage in grains and oilseeds.
  • The hundreds of beef producers on the Island should benefit from the new “Prince Edward Island Certified Beef” designation, which should help to “position” the Island’s beef sector for future growth.
  • Regarding the Island’s fishery, “large declines” are expected again in 2014, following on 2013’s “disappointing” season.
  • Real output in the Island’s fishing and trapping sector fell 12.9% in 2013, with similar output expected for 2014.
  • The fishing sector is being negatively affected by such factors as large catches by Maine’s lobster fishery and reduced demand for luxury products in some countries and regions related to the recent global recession.
  • With the declines in the fishing sector in 2013 and 2014, seafood product manufacturing is not expected to do well in the near term. However, other food manufacturing and in other parts of the manufacturing sector should do well.
  • Employment growth on the Island was strong in 2013, with an estimated 1,440 new jobs created, but is expected to slow as economic growth slows, although “strong wage gains” are anticipated in the near term, with positive implications for growth in household income that can support consumer spending.
  • Consumer spending growth is likely to occur also as a result of stronger population growth. While net interprovincial migration to the Island was negative in 2013, it is expected to be flat in 2014 and 2015.
  • Over the 2007 to 2012 period, PEI was third-last among the provinces in terms of productivity growth, and the Island has the lowest level of labour productivity in Canada.

Red Tape Reduction: The First Federal Scorecard

Posted on July 21, 2014

January 2014 was a busy month for those with an interest in reducing government red tape. On January 29, 2014, the President of the Treasury Board […]

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Economics of Policing – National Mental Health Strategy Recommendation

Posted on July 3, 2014

In my role as Public Safety Critic, I sit on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which has recently published […]

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From Soil to Stomach: Why Food Traceability Matters

Posted on June 25, 2014

As a farmer, consumer, and your Member of Parliament, I take agriculture and our food supply chain very seriously. Some reading from the Conference Board of […]

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Paying Tribute to Jack MacAndrew

Posted on June 17, 2014

Today I had the honour of rising in the House to speak about the exceptional life of Jack MacAndrew (click to view video)   “Mr. Speaker, […]

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Kensington’s Centennial

Posted on June 10, 2014

June 9th, I had the pleasure of rising in the House to congratulate Kensington on their centennial [see video here]: “Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate […]

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MP Shuck Off Challenge

Posted on June 6, 2014

Proud to have won the MP Shuck Off Challenge this week. All MPs in attendance were fantastic!  

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Holding the Government to Account

Posted on May 30, 2014

Yesterday I delivered two questions to the government. The first was on the lack of import restrictions on spent fowl, which threatens the quality of poultry […]

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