Former Borden police chief announces intention to run for PC leadership

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Jamie Fox has thrown his name into the provincial PC leadership race.

BORDEN-CARLETON – A well-known local businessman and former police chief has

 announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Progressive

 Conservative Party of P.E.I.

Jamie Fox of North Carleton announced yesterday he would be submitting the

 required paperwork sometime next week.

This decision has been in the works for some time, said Fox.

"We've been thinking about it for the past six months or so. We've brought

 this discussion up with various people around the province, in the political

 sectors and outside in farming and tourism. We think this is the right thing

 to do, so we're going to go for it," he said.

Island Tories will decide at their leadership convention in Charlottetown on

 Oct. 2 who will take over the party's reigns.

Fox is the fourth person to declare their intention to run for the

 leadership - Olive Crane, Fred McCardle and Peter Llewellyn being the other three.

 His opponents are all good people, said Fox, but he is confident his life

 experience would serve him well if he were to be chosen leader.

He is originally from Woodstock, N.B., but moved to P.E.I. in 1990. He

 served as chief of the Borden-Carleton Police Department for 15 years and as

 a member of the Canadian Forces for nine years. He has owned Gateway

 Petroleum in Borden-Carleton for 13 years and opened a second location in

 New Brunswick last year.

Fox is also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and is active in the Tryon Presbyterian Church.

 He has three sons, Jonathan, Joe and Jacob with his wife Debbie.

Organizations: ProgressiveConservative Party of P.E.I.Jamie Fox of North Carleton, Borden-Carleton Police Department, Canadian Forces Coast Guard

Geographic location: BORDEN-CARLETON, Borden, Charlottetown Woodstock P.E.I.

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  • Commander Ryker
    July 25, 2010 - 17:03

    If Mr. Fox wins the leadership race, Islander's may as well get used to having Ghiz as premier for a very long time. He may be a decent small business owner, but he doesn't have the intelligence or personality to run the Province. Islanders have long memories, they won't do the former Chief of police any favours at the ballot box when they recall MR. Fox confiscating their canned pop or beer that was purchased legally in NB. If Mr. fox was as aggressive in cracking down on cocaine as he was with carbonated cola, the Island wouldn't have half the drug dealers that they do now.

  • Maybe this works
    July 23, 2010 - 14:00

    Maybe this works. We have unbelievably high levels of break and enter, theft, and vandalism around Charlottetown, Summerside, and possibly other municipalities. Maybe with a cop in the provincial government, they would be able to do something about this.

  • PolicyAdvice
    July 23, 2010 - 13:49

    One of the candidates should articulate the following political perspective, which I feel is long over-due. 1. PEI needs to operate more as a municipality. Further reduce rural municipalities and consider having regional municipalities encompassing areas for example West Prince eliminating Alberton, Tignish, O'Leary and the smaller community improvement committees. 2. Centralize all government services, including health care, into Summerside and Charlottetown. 3. Discontinue/reverse expansion of services like Holand College to Alberton, Georgetown, etc. 4. Develop policies which support further population growth and concentration in the urban centres and protect rural land for agriculture, etc. 5. Further reduce the number of MLAs to 15 and study whether or not the province could introduce a non-partian - more municipal model of representation with each MLA holding a government portfolio (ministry). 6. Expand greatly intreprovincial initiatives and cross-province government service delivery - one motor vehicle registration department for the Maritimes; one education curriculum, etc. 7. Refocus rural development investments into business and innovation focused on the two (perhaps three with Montague) urban centers. 8. Balance economic development and reduce the dependency on tourism. 9. Maximize investments in post secondary education to develop world class programs positioning Island residents for new and emerging opportunities, and attracting students from aroound the world. 10. Support older citizens to moe from rural to urban settings with incentives for the decommissioning of their homes in rural areas (yes, sounds like Joey Smallwood's idea!). Any of the candidates have the guts to put forward a real and visionary agenda?!

  • Joe Blow
    July 23, 2010 - 12:42

    Well if Mr Fox is as strict as he was when he was a cop, he should be a great politician.....cuz you couldn't drive 5km/h over the speed limit through Borden without him pulling you over and giving you a fine. Surely to god a former police officer will have enough morals and common sense to do whats right as a politician and not be bought-out like so many other people involved in politics. Good luck Mr Fox.

  • call me surprised
    July 23, 2010 - 12:16

    It is a very rare thing in a leadership race that two people from the same district want to run. This has a smell to it that is not good. It's very early yet , but I see a change developing in this contest. Mrs Crane has been working on winning this event for two years. Because of this she should be huge front runner. But her lead, if there was one there is pretty much gone. She has not been able to articulate her vision for the next ten years. Yesterday is gone , we need to see tomorrow. Mr. Llewellyn has surprised many people with his style , which is forward looking , with a confident way of presenting himself and his ideas for the future. I make him the front runner for now.

    • islander at heart
      July 23, 2010 - 16:45

      Good for you Jamie. We need someone honest and willing to put our province first and this is just the man to to so. As far as the comments about Jamie being a stricted officer! He was. I was once a resident of Borden-Carleton and he provided a safe comunity to live and raise a family unlike the current police that you never see and spend all there time in Kensinton!! Again godd for you Jamie wish I was home to give you my vote!

  • Nate
    July 23, 2010 - 12:15

    Mr Fox has to realize that he needs people to actually vote for him in order to get elected. If any voters have failed to sucessfully run the borden gauntlet on their way to or from the Island I would imagine they may hold a grudge. I would/do. I'm sure there is less police vigilance around area 51 than Borden.