• Liberal Caucus

Time for Government to Explain Implications of Transportation Disruptions

Updated: Apr 7

As public concern mounts about the potential impacts of rail blockades across Canada, it is vital for the Prince Edward Island government to share its plans with the Island public, says Liberal MLA Heath MacDonald.

"Last fall, we saw a government that was ill-prepared for a hurricane. What is the provincial government doing now to assure Islanders that appropriate plans are in place to deal with a range of potential problems?”

“No one expects the Conservative government to provide a solution to the current impasse – but Islanders should be able to count on the Premier to be clear about plans in the event the situation worsens,” MacDonald said, who serves as the Liberal critic for Economic Development.


“Islanders have a lot of questions – and they legitimately expect answers from government because that is government’s job.”


Questions being asked by Islanders include:


  • What is the potential impact on the supply of fuels like propane? Islanders use approximately 30 million litres of propane annually, and many households, farms, businesses and institutions, most especially nursing homes, rely on a steady, affordable supply. Many Island farms require propane for animal welfare.

  • What are the potential effects on the restaurant sector, which uses large supplies of propane?

  • Are there potential disruptions in shipments of building supplies? Construction costs on the Island are already among the highest in Canada – what should Islanders do now to prepare for potential disruptions to supply of materials like plywood and lumber?

  • As an export-oriented province, what steps are being taken to ensure the smooth flow of products like seed potatoes, fertilizers, boatbuilding supplies, and farm equipment?

  • What provisions are being made to assist vulnerable Islanders in the event of price spikes? Is the Minister of Economic Growth meeting with affected economic sectors?


“This week, Premier Dennis King participated in a conference call with Canadian premiers. What solutions were discussed? What steps are being taken by other jurisdictions to deal with this situation?“


"Last fall, we saw a government that was ill-prepared for a hurricane. What is the provincial government doing now to assure Islanders that appropriate plans are in place to deal with a range of potential problems?”