Dennis King's government rejects motion calling for public inquiry into Fiona

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Dennis King's government rejects motion calling for public inquiry into Fiona

One ​​of the many trees that fell on Prince Edward Island during Fiona's passage.

The official opposition in Prince Edward Island on Wednesday tabled a motion proposing a public inquiry into the government response to post-tropical storm Fiona. The Progressive Conservative government voted against the proposal.

Premier Dennis King, on the other hand, said Wednesday that a full review must take place, but that the province is still in cleaning mode and that his cabinet will soon make a decision on what form this review will take.

Post-Tropical Storm Fiona hit the Atlantic provinces on September 23. The whole island was then plunged into darkness. Blackouts left citizens without power for three weeks.

Provincial government care homes were without power for 12 days. Some did not have a generator, which the government promised to change.

The Green Party tabled the motion. The Liberals supported it. However, her headline – Condemnation of Government Response to Fiona – meant that she was not very likely to receive support from the Progressive Conservative government.

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Dennis King's troops rose on Wednesday to vote against a motion calling for a public inquiry into the government's response to post-tropical storm Fiona.

If it had passed, the motion would have urged the provincial government to immediately launch a public inquiry into its response to the storm so that an account can be taken and lessons can be learned should a similar weather event occur.

Even if the motion was defeated in the Legislative Assembly, the provincial government could still choose to go ahead and launch a public inquiry.

After Storm Dorian hit in 2019, Dennis King's government commissioned a report from a private sector firm, Calian Emergency Management Solutions.

According to Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker, this kind of reporting is too limited and did not teach the government what it should have done.

Whoever tabled the motion calling for a public inquiry believes that this option would make it possible to obtain more information, in particular from telecommunications companies.

Liberal Gord McNeilly agrees. According to him, a public inquiry would help to better understand how Fiona has affected the people of the province.

With information from CBC

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