The New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island is reacting to Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy’s comments that the P.E.I. government is doing its best to balance the various needs of seniors who need subsidized housing. “The elephant in the room is obviously patronage and the continued mismanagement of the public’s purse by this Liberal Government,” states Redmond.
The NDP Leader also notes that Statistics Canada recorded 19,288 Islanders aged 65 or older in 2004. In 2016 there were 28,092, a 46 per cent increase. Minister Mundy said the province hopes that a new national housing strategy will start to provide funding for new housing on P.E.I. before the end of this year.
“It would be somewhat prudent to make the Minister aware that the Federal Government already gives the PEI Government $600,000,000 in transfers. The lack of priorities of this Premier and his Minister is the real problem. We can find $65,000,000 for roundabouts and countless millions for loan write-offs, golf courses and liquor stores, but we cannot find monies for new manors or for protecting our most vulnerable. This is completely unacceptable,”
Leader, NDP PEI