Increasing social assistance rates, pursuing BI high on Green priorities in PEI

CBC News

P.E.I.'s Green Party released its full platform for the coming provincial election Monday afternoon. The platform includes about $30 million in new spending, with the biggest chunk — $10 million — going toward increasing social assistance rates.

"We acknowledge poverty is a complex issue, but envision fewer people living in poverty by immediately increasing access to existing programs and services," the platform said. "I believe that Islanders want a government that presents a pathway toward a practical, harmonious, and affordable future," said Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker.

"One that demonstrates an understanding of how complex issues need to be approached in a balanced and in an integrated manner." Peter Bevan-Baker speaks during the party's full platform release in Crapaud, P.E.I., on Monday afternoon. Bevan-Baker said many people, including in his own party, asked why they launched their whole platform on the same day. He said by releasing it early in the campaign, it will allow people an opportunity to look it over and pose questions to the candidates on the party's entire platform.

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