|While the provision of public services
may lack the excitement of sport, the depth of culture,
or the value of commerce, and while it may be tainted
with visions of bureaucracy and tedious politics, it
remains an integral part of the Island way of life. As a
society, through the intermediary of elected municipal
and provincial governments, Prince Edward Islanders
provide services that respond to needs we all share but
cannot fulfill individually. These services such as
police and fire protection, education, health, and waste
management are vital to our individual and collective
social life. Safe communities, sound bodies, vibrant
minds, a clean environment, a voice in decision-making...
these qualities define our community and our identity as
Prince Edward Islanders.
Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and
municipal police officers alike will attest that the
practice of law enforcement takes on unique qualities in
Prince Edward Island communities.
The vast majority of Island firefighters perform their
duties on a voluntary basis. Their commitment to
protecting their neighbours and participating in
community life in such an important capacity may well be
a uniquely Island quality.
Our provincial heritage of one-room schoolhouses has made
way for curricula and perspectives that virtually bring
the world to Prince Edward Island classrooms.
Community and individual health services are vital to
creating a healthy Island society.
Inhabiting this crescent of fragile sandstone surrounded
by water, we are perhaps more aware than other Canadians
of natures limits and the fact that when we throw
something away, there really is no away.
We are Canadas smallest province with fewer people
than found in many Canadian cities. Yet, we elect not
only a provincial legislature but also 75 municipal
governments. Over-governed? Perhaps. Well-represented?