Teen Scene PEI: What Would you do as Premier for a Day?; Banks

Lydia Banks
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Rome was not built in a day, and Prince Edward Island could not be changed drastically by a politician in this time allotment. However, with the perspective that one could act as a God-figure and perform any task in a single day, there are some things that I would change. Of course education and healthcare are political clichés, but they are top priorities for a reason. They are both essential to the growth and development of a society and are areas in which I would like to see progress made. Prince Edward Island has not scored well in comparison to the education levels of other Canadian provinces. I would ensure that Prince Edward Island would have the highest standard of education in the country, as exceptional education will make a difference in who our future innovators and leaders will be. Having attended private school, I have learned the importance of exceptional education and would provide provincial tax credits for parents sending their children to private schools on P.E.I. There are some life-sustaining drugs that are not currently covered under healthcare on Prince Edward Island, and as Premier I would remedy this. Although there is currently an ongoing process to hire more doctors on P.E.I., I would expedite the process and ensure that all Islanders would have a family doctor.


I would then turn my attention to certain legislation concerning the provincial voting age, which I would change to sixteen. I believe strongly in youth becoming politically involved and interested, and I would ensure that schools make the study of political science mandatory. I would also visit high schools to speak with students and encourage them to vote.


My final initiative would be to establish a conference hosting the Governors of the New England States. Prior to Confederation, Prince Edward Island had strong ties with New England, and I would like to reinstate this to encourage economic growth and innovation. I would also invite President Barack Obama as a special guest to the inaugural conference. This would place Prince Edward Island at the forefront of world events, and the province would greatly benefit from the recognition this would demand.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Rome, England

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