Advice on high-capacity wells should be public, says NDP
The public has a right to know what members of the P.E.I. government's environmental advisory committee have to say on the issue of high-capacity wells, says the NDP.
"If the P.E.I. government is serious about consulting with Islanders on new legislation to protect the province's water supply, it should make those opinions public," says NDP Leader Mike Redmond.
The province recently denied a Freedom of Information request from CBC News to make public opinions from members of the environmental advisory council on a request to remove the moratorium on high-capacity wells for irrigation. During the spring sitting of the P.E.I. legislature, Environment Minister Janice Sherry said the opinions she asked members of the advisory committee to provide were confidential.
The province has since said it will introduce a comprehensive water act to safeguard the province's water supply, and will consult with the public on that.
NDP leader Mike Redmond said if the province refuses to reveal what its own advisory council had to say on the issue of high capacity wells, he doubts the opinions of Islanders will have much impact on the new legislation.