PEI

Population:

158,158 (1)

  Last Updated:  

August 1, 2020

Current majority government:

Premier: Dennis King, Progressive Conservative 


Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in PEI: 27 

  • Progressive Conservative: 13 

  • Green: 8 

  • Liberal: 5 

  • Vacant: 1 

Find your Member of Legislative Assembly here: (2)

Environmental stance of majority party:

The premier instructed his cabinet ministers in his mandate letters to consider the climate impact of their portfolios and his government created climate change co-ordinators. (4)

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Total budget: $155.8 million 

Total allocated to the Environment: $1.14 million 

Percentage: 0.73% (5)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

Environmental Protection Act (1988): 

  • Purpose is to manage, protect and enhance the environment. (6) 


Wildlife Conservative Act:

  • Provisions for the protection of species at risk and their habitats. (7) 


The Water Act (2017): 

  • Legislation to support and promote the management, protection and enhancement of the water resources of the province. (8) 


Plastic Bag Reduction Act (2019):

  • Prohibits a business from providing plastic checkout bags to customers. (9)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

Watershed Management Fund: 

  • Provides financial support to community-based watershed groups.


Wildlife Conservation Fund: 

  • Provides funding for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats.


Greening Spaces Program: 

  • Provides support to communities and schools for tree planting programs.


Small Marsh Program: 

  • Provides support to Island landowners to restore approximated 20 wetlands on PEI each year.


EfficiencyPEI: 

  • Energy efficiency grants and rebates for Islanders who are interested in reducing their energy consumption. (10) (11)

Next election date:

On or before October 2nd 2023. (13)

Extra information:

PEI has a climate change action plan that has a goal of reducing Greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. (14)

What makes this province different?

PEI passed legislation in July 2019 banning plastic bags. (9)

  Quick facts:  

The current Progressive Conservative premier has called climate change “the seminal issue of our time”. This government is the first time that the Green Party has been the official opposition in provincial politics in Canada. (15)


The fragile sandstone shoreline is subject to immense coastal erosion following rising sea levels, which in PEI are already up 36 cm over the past century. (16)


Global warming is expected to warm the Gulf Stream as well as the St. Lawrence River, both of which are in close proximity to the island. This warming is expected to bring about marine life from the American coastline, including species that may disrupt the ecosystem of the island waters. (17)


Climate change could spell disaster for the potato industry - heat stress dramatically reduces the ability of the plants to produce potatoes. (18)

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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