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Official Opposition Demands Explanation Over Government’s Delay Enforcing the Missing Persons Act

It is inexplicable and unacceptable for this government to delay the implementation of the Missing Persons Act for more than two years, says Gord McNeilly.


“It’s deeply troubling to witness such a significant delay for the Missing Persons Act to come into force in Prince Edward Island. Government has a duty to be prepared if someone goes missing, why did this Government sit and wait for two years before doing what they said they would do,” said McNeilly.


The Missing Persons Act became law on May 13, 2021 and received Royal Assent the same day. The Act gives authorities more power to seek crucial information when a person has gone missing. The King government only approved regulations that gave this Act force more than two years later on Sept. 9, 2023.


“The government’s lack of urgency on this matter raises serious concerns about their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. Rather than being prepared, they’ve yet again reacted to a situation and Islanders deserve an explanation over this upsetting delay. I’ve requested that Minster Thompson appear before the committee responsible for justice and public safety to provide Islanders with some type of answers.”


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Media Contact:

Robert Godfrey

Official Opposition Office

902-388-0465

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