Maritime-wide pesticide ban PEI Minister's goal
CHARLOTTETOWN -- Prince Edward Island's Environment Minister hopes all three Maritime provinces can reach common ground in banning cosmetic pesticides.
Richard Brown says his government has scheduled meetings over the next couple of months with counterparts in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the goal of developing consistent legislation about the use of pesticides on lawns and gardens.
He said enforcement would be easier if all Maritime provinces were on board.
If, for instance, only PEI passed such legislation then the province would face the challenge of dealing with islanders purchasing pesticides in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and bringing them home.
"I do not want to make law breakers out of law-abiding citizens," he said.
Still, Mr. Brown said the PEI government is committed to introducing legislation this fall with or without the other Maritime provinces agreeing to follow suit. He said the overwhelming majority of presentations made to the government support such a ban.