Liberals Propose Major New Initiative to Protect our Shores
Prince Edward island, April 11 – Enhanced shoreline protection is a key part of the Liberal platform, says Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan.
“In partnership with government, Islanders are doing their part to reduce our province’s carbon footprint,” MacLauchlan said.
“But we know that our comprehensive environmental efforts on the Island will not prevent some of the worst effects of global climate change. For that reason, our new Shoreline Protection Initiative will help us to protect our province from rising sea levels.”
The Liberal Party is proposing a four-year, $8 million initiative to assess, map and respond to flood risk.
During the current year, the Liberals are proposing to invest $1 million in shoreline protection – with the balance of the fund used between now and 2023.
“As we adapt to a changing world, it is very important for us to get this right,” MacLauchlan said. “For that reason, our plan is to carefully assess our risk points, and respond on the basis of the best possible information. That said, we know that there are areas of our shore that need immediate attention – like Basin Head, Borden-Carleton, Cedar Dunes, Charlottetown (Riverside Drive), Corran Ban, Georgetown, Malpeque Bay, Oyster Bed Bridge, Panmure Island, Souris and Victoria. These areas – among others – will be our first focus.”
Over the past number of years, Prince Edward Island has taken significant steps in the effort to protect our environment and contribute to reductions in greenhouse gases. These steps have included investments in renewable energy and home efficiency.
“Islanders have been doing their part – and we will continue to support those efforts,” MacLauchlan said. “But it is also important to remember that government has to be there to protect Islanders. Our Shoreline Protection Initiative is a part of that effort.”