Whether Prince Edward Island should bow to the demands of the potato industry and end a 10-year moratorium on deep water well irrigation is an issue of public interest virtually without parallel in this province. PEI is the only jurisdiction in the country solely dependent upon groundwater. That makes this far more than just an agricultural issue. It is an issue of concern for every man, woman, child and business on PEI.
So, if the moratorium is lifted any science relied upon must be independent and above reproach. It also demands the Ghiz government follow a path that places the environment and future generations ahead of politics.
Enter Environment Minister Janice Sherry.
Rather than lead, she seems intent on creating an environmental gong show.
Until last week Sherry was largely silent, deflecting questions by claiming cabinet will decide if expansion occurs. Whether science would play a role, the minister never bothered to explain.