Legislature wraps up after heated session
Lobster fishery crisis and health care focus of final debates
Prince Edward Island’s politicians wrapped up the spring session with talks of a crisis in the lobster fishery and questions about the government’s new plan for health care.
Almost every day of the session, Health Minister Doug Currie has been in the hot seat for his health care reforms, changes to small hospitals and emergency rooms.
"Meeting with the board yesterday at Health P.E.I., They’re very optimistic that they can meet my timelines in respect to implementing these services," Currie said.
The province committed to developing a new long-term addictions treatment program and introduced legislation to monitor how medical professionals prescribe narcotics.
As the house wrapped up, fishermen across the island tied up their boats in protest of this week’s low prices.
Debate over the growing problem in the fishery followed a theme through the session of economic concerns for the province.
The controversial HST legislation was passed in an effort to raise another $25 million in taxes.
The opposition labelled Treasurer Wes Sheridan "the billion dollar man" because of his excessive borrowing, and his large increases to the province’s debt.
The premier was out of province on the final day of the spring session. The opposition used his absence to argue he had lost interest in governing the province.