Mys­tery of the pes­ti­cide ban

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Char­lot­te­town city coun­cil’s re­fusal to pass a pes­ti­cide by­law is a com­plete mys­tery to me.

I live in Stratford, but I have many friends who live in all ar­eas of the city. In the last mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, my friends were telling me that when can­di­dates for coun­cil came to their doors and were asked if they would sup­port a cos­metic pes­ti­cide by­law, they all said yes.

They said if they were elected it would be a pri­or­ity. One of Mayor Clifford Lee’s prom­ises was for a by­law, and he won. So what hap­pened to the demo­cratic process.

I know that Crop Life ( an ironic name ), which rep­re­sents the in­ter­ests of the chem­i­cal com­pa­nies, were ob­ject­ing to the ban.

That is un­der­stand­able, they are out to make money.

Char­lot­te­town res­i­dents are not ask­ing coun­cil to rein­vent the wheel. There are many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and even prov­inces that have banned cos­metic pes­ti­cides. So what is the prob­lem? The P.E.I. gov­ern­ment gave mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties the right to cre­ate their own by­law. Each one could tai­lor a by­law, or not, specif­i­cally to meet the needs and re­quests of their res­i­dents. The province has re­peat­edly said they will not take that back.

So, do we have a mys­tery on our hands or a con­spir­acy Roger Greaves Re­tired man­ager, Char­lot­te­town Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Stratford

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