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August 23, 2012
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Government to appoint independent commissioner to review Lands Protection Act

Finance and Energy

An independent commissioner will be appointed to make sure the Lands Protection Act meets the current day needs of Islanders, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.

“It’s been thirty years since this important legislation was enacted and we want to make sure the land ownership limits are still relevant to those most affected,” says Minister Sheridan. “The commissioner will study the existing legislation, hold consultations and determine what changes, if any, might be needed.”

Last week, the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture and the PEI Potato Board met with Minister Sheridan and renewed their call for an independent review.

“There is no question that the Lands Protection Act plays an important role, and that will continue,” says Minister Sheridan. “This review will focus on ownership limits and look at whether the current regulations that support it work the way they were originally intended.”

The Lands Protection Act was enacted in 1982 to regulate the amount of property that can be held by any one person or corporation.

Anyone interested in putting their name forward for consideration for this position, should contact Participate PEI. Visit www.gov.pe.ca/eco/participatepei.

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Media Contact: Jennifer MacDonald-Donovan
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