Bet­ter grade

P.E.I. earns C-mi­nus in an­nual red tape re­port card

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Prince Ed­ward Is­land has made im­prove­ments in re­duc­ing red tape, which has earned the prov­ince an im­proved grade in an an­nual red tape re­port card.

The Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (CFIB) has handed the P.E.I. govern­ment an over­all grade of C-mi­nus this year, which marks some im­prove­ment over last year’s grade of D-plus.

“It has been very en­cour­ag­ing to see Prince Ed­ward Is­land work­ing to re­duce red tape through ini­tia­tives like Pro­ject ART,” said Erin McGrath-Gaudet, CFIB’s di­rec­tor for P.E.I. “To add to that, there are some re­ally ex­cit­ing and com­pre­hen­sive ini­tia­tives on the hori­zon in this prov­ince.”

The Pre­miers’ Char­ter of Prin­ci­ples for Regulation was an­nounced by the three Mar­itime pre­miers in Novem­ber, which out­lines best prac­tices and a com­mon ap­proach to regulation across the re­gion.

In ad­di­tion, the three pre­miers an­nounced they would adopt com­mon leg­is­la­tion and mea­sure­ment of the reg­u­la­tory bur­den in their provinces.

Nova Sco­tia has al­ready passed this leg­is­la­tion and a sim­i­lar bill is ex­pected in the P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture this spring.

“Step­ping on the scale to mea­sure the to­tal reg­u­la­tory bur­den brings a whole new level of ac­count­abil­ity for govern­ment,” said McGrath-Gaudet.

“With the prom­ise of leg­is­la­tion and mea­sure­ment this spring, in con­junc­tion with our neigh­bour­ing Mar­itime provinces, I fully sus­pect that the P.E.I. govern­ment will join the top of the pack in next year’s re­port card.”

The CFIB’s na­tional red tape re­port card grades provinces and ter­ri­to­ries on their com­mit­ment to red tape ac­count­abil­ity. This year’s edi­tion looks at mea­sure­ment, pub­lic re­port­ing and political lead­er­ship. P.E.I. placed sixth in the coun­try. B.C. came out on top with an A grade.

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