Statement by Agriculture and Land Minister Bloyce Thompson
Agriculture and Land Minister Bloyce Thompson issued for the following statement expressing his concern and disappointment regarding the timeline for the investigation that was referred to IRAC in August 2019:
“It’s been over a year since a land transaction was referred to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission for investigation. In October 2019, IRAC representatives told members of the Legislative Assembly that the investigation would be completed within 60 days; yet, a year later we are still waiting on the details of the investigation to be released.
Two months ago, I spoke publicly that within a few weeks Islanders would be hearing from IRAC. I spoke based on the best available information to me at the time, but I think it’s incumbent on me to publicly express my concern and disappointment that, 14 months later, Islanders are still in the dark on the outcome of this investigation.
I understand first hand that the last seven months have been challenging with COVID-19, but this report cannot be delayed any further. I committed to Islanders - and my legislative colleagues - that this report would be made public as soon as possible, but I never thought for a second it would take this long.”
Department of Agriculture and Land