Strengthening economy and communities focus of Caucus district tour: Lantz
CHARLOTTETOWN – A district tour launched this week by the Progressive Conservative Caucus is focusing on identifying grassroots measures to strengthen local communities and grow the economy, says Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz.
“In order to build lasting prosperity we need to engage Islanders to identify ways that will see their communities develop and grow the economy from the ground up,” says Lantz.
Lantz and members of the Opposition Caucus kicked off the tour in Eastern Kings, meeting with small, medium and large scale businesses as well as community development groups.
“We have great community assets in tourism, culture and heritage but what we heard was that a lack of support from government for marketing and infrastructure maintenance is keeping them from reaching their full potential,” says Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie.
The negative impact of recent provincial funding cuts to rural development and employment programs like the Island Community Fund and Jobs for Youth came up repeatedly as obstacles to growth, Lantz and the Opposition Caucus heard.
“We saw examples of local leadership like the community hub developing in the former St. Peters school. These initiatives need to be able to leverage the supports to take it to the next level,” said Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers.
Attracting and retaining skilled workforces to grow new and existing businesses was another issue Lantz and Opposition Caucus heard from businesses small and large.
“Whether it was small startups using technology to build new markets or large processors exporting products globally the need to have a well-trained workforce was identified as a top priority,” said Morell-Mermaid MLA Sidney MacEwen.
The Opposition Caucus district tour will continue next week with stops in East Prince, Central Queens, Southern Kings and Eastern Queens.
Photo Cutline (L-R): Lynn Moore, Site Director of the Elmira Railway Museum; Rustico-Emerald MLA Brad Trivers; Kensington-Malpeque MLA Matthew MacKay; Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton; Progressive Conservative Party Leader Rob Lantz; Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers; Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie; Morell-Mermaid MLA Sidney MacEwen; and Borden-Kinkora MLA Jamie Fox.