Decentralizing government departments is a good way for our government to help sustain our smaller service centre communities in the rural areas of our province and support the smaller regional economies.
With the communications technology available today a government department could be easily located in any part of the province.
This government has already demonstrated this with the relocation of the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development to Montague and Education and Early Learning to Summerside.
These were bold moves that have proven to be very beneficial to their new communities.
I know that the community leaders in Charlottetown may hold a different view on this than I do.
The example that is most often used to counter that view is the relocation of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs from Ottawa to Charlottetown. That move proved to be a very positive one for Charlottetown.
I am not suggesting that every government department be relocated from Charlottetown.
Most Islanders would agree that there are four regions on P.E.I.
The four regions being Eastern, Charlottetown, Summerside and Western.
Charlottetown is home to most of the government departments and services. Summerside, as I mentioned earlier, is now home to a government department.
Montague, in the Eastern end of the province, is also now home to a government department.
This leaves the Western region as the region in the province that is not yet home to a government department.
Alberton is central in West Prince being 12 kilometres from Tignish and 14 km from O'Leary. It is also the most populated town in West Prince.
For discussion purposes on this matter I often refer to Alberton as the Montague of West Prince.
Fifty good paying government jobs to a town the size of Alberton would have the same economic impact as 500 would on Charlottetown.
I have raised this in the legislature several times and will continue to press that Alberton (the heart of West Prince) become the new home of a government department.