• Liberal Caucus

Leadership is Lacking in Storm Response

West Prince appears to have been forgotten by PEI government in the recovery from Hurricane Dorian, says Liberal MLA Hal Perry.

"Has government forgotten about us in West Prince?” Perry asked.

“If this were Charlottetown, power would have been restored by now to the Dalton Centre Annex which houses Access PEI. Access PEI is the local access point for government and related service providers and it is unavailable in the time of a disaster.”

Since last Saturday, many Tignish residents, businesses and government offices have been without power. As a result, Islanders in the area have not been able to seek direction from government.

“The community has been taking care of one and other, checking in on seniors that live alone but it is clear there has been no leadership or planning from our government. The Premier has referred to the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian as a disaster. My question is why would the Premier turn down help when there are still Islanders in West Prince without power?”

From the perspective of Islanders in West Prince, Perry said it’s clear more resources are needed to get power restored, particularly for low income islanders who cannot afford generators and for seniors who are on fixed incomes.

“I certainly hope government recognizes many Islanders cannot afford to buy generators, and many others cannot afford to operate generators. I want to know what is government doing to help people.” said Perry.