Green Party of P.E.I. calls for retraction and apology

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CHARLOTTETOWN – The Green Party of P.E.I. wants Premier Robert Ghiz to immediately retract his statements regarding the Green Party and the Plan B highway project in Bonshaw.

Darcie Lanthier, interim leader of the party issued a statement Wednesday to refute comments made on Friday by Ghiz, who suggested that the Green Party had at one time approved of Plan B.  The Greens say Trasnporation Minister Robert Vessey made similar comments in a video-taped interview.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Lanthier. “The Green Party of P.E.I. is now and will continue to be opposed to paving forests and farmlands. The Green Party mounted a public campaign to protect Strathgartney Park, Plan A, and have been at the forefront of the protest which has grown around Plan B. For the premier to suggest that we somehow approve of the project is yet another example of government spin gone horribly wrong.”

Lanthier said Sharon Labchuk, the Green Party leader at the time that Plan A was scrapped, expressed relief at the government’s decision to spare Strathgartney Park, but in no way endorsed any of the alternatives put forward by the Liberals.

"We don't have the luxury to spend our limited taxpayers' dollars on straightening roads," Labchuk said, adding the other proposals would involve paving precious farmland.

Lanthier wants Ghiz to retract the statement, apologize to the Green Party for misrepresentation and to ensure that other members of his caucus do the same.

Organizations: The Green Party, Liberals

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN, Strathgartney Park, Bonshaw

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    October 04, 2012 - 09:05

    Absolutely Ghiz should apologize and retract - not only to the Green Party but to all Islanders for this gross travesty and polluting of the democratic process. What an obscenity this whole plan B debacle has been since day one with the deceit, back room deals, blowing of the budget and destruction of a beautiful landscape for an unnecessary road.