Premier's brother's land added to municipal amalgamation plan

A proposal to amalgamate three communities on P.E.I.'s North Shore has been amended to include a piece of land owned by the brother of Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

Donut hole covered over in amended proposal

This map from the North Shore, Grand Tracadie and Pleasant Grove Amalgamation Review document shows the initial proposal. A parcel of land right in the middle, owned by Premier Wade MacLauchlan's brother was excluded. (North Shore, Grand Tracadie, Pleasant Grove Amalgamation Review)

A proposal to amalgamate three communities on P.E.I.'s North Shore has been amended to include a piece of land owned by the brother of Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

In the initial proposal the 24 hectares owned by Roger MacLauchlan were excluded, creating a conspicuous hole in the proposed municipality, which would combine the communities of North Shore, Pleasant Grove and Grand Tracadie.

In May, the Opposition Progressive Conservatives wanted to know why the MacLauchlan land was exempted.

The premier responded that an historical coincidence meant the land was not included in any of the three municipalities.

On Wednesday the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission issued a statement saying the MacLauchlan land is now included in the amalgamation proposal.

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With files from Kerry Campbell