Mike Currie to announce in Cardigan, Guy Gallant in Egmont

Wayne Thibodeau
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Mike Currie, left, will announce today he is running in Cardigan while Guy Gallant will announce he will be seeking the Liberal nomination in Egmont.

Two holes will be filled in the political roster for the May 2 federal election by the end of the day today with Mike Currie set to announce he will seek the Conservative nomination in Cardigan and Guy Gallant announcing he will go after the Liberal nomination in Egmont.

Sources close to Currie say he will meet with Speaker Kathleen Casey this morning and announce he is resigning from provincial politics. He will then hold a news conference at Stratford Town Hall at 2 p.m., where he will announce he is taking on Liberal Lawrence MacAulay in Cardigan.

The party is not expected to hold a formal nominating convention.

Currie will be endorsed as the Conservative candidate on Wednesday and a campaign launch is planned for Friday.

Neither Currie nor MacAulay could be reached for comment on Sunday.

Margaret Anne Walsh, vice-president of the Conservative Riding Association in Cardigan, referred all questions about Currie’s future to Currie himself.

But Walsh did confirm there would be an event Monday and that event was creating a lot of interest and optimism in Cardigan.

“The mood for change is in the air,” Walsh told The Guardian.

Cardigan will be the riding to watch as the two political powerhouses battle to win over the hearts and minds of the people in eastern Prince Edward Island.

Currie is a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister in the Pat Binns government. He has been reelected in four successive provincial elections and was able to fend off a Liberal tide in 2007, holding on to his district by gaining nearly 10 per cent more votes than his Liberal rival.

MacAulay also has a long and successful political history. He has represented Cardigan for the past 22 years having run successfully in seven election campaigns.

In 2008, MacAulay crushed the relatively unknown Conservative candidate, Sid McMullin - nearly doubling the number of votes cast for the Conservative candidate.

“The mood for change is in the air,” Margaret Anne Walsh

MacAulay is not yet nominated in Cardigan.

A byelection will not be necessary in the provincial district of Georgetown-St. Peters, which will be left vacant after Currie resigns today.

P.E.I.’s Elections Act states a byelection is not necessary in the last six months of the fourth year of the term of the legislative assembly.

In Egmont, a fresh face to politics hopes to be able to dethrone Conservative Gail Shea.

Guy Gallant of Wellington will announce his intention to seek the Liberal nomination for Egmont later today. He cited his desire to stand up to Stephen Harper’s lack of respect for democracy and Parliament as his reasons for putting his name forward.

Egmont Liberals will hold a nomination meeting on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall in Woodstock.

Gallant is a native of Wellington. He is a graduate of L’École Évangéline and La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa. He worked on Parliament Hill in Michael Ignatieff’s Opposition Leader’s Office and until recently, he was working as executive assistant to P.E.I. Government House Leader and MLA for Evangeline-Miscouche, Sonny Gallant.

Guy Gallant is fluently bilingual.

“Egmont needs to take this opportunity to stand up to Stephen Harper and his one-man government,” said Gallant.

“I will stand up to him, the Liberal team will stand up to him and, I believe, the people of Egmont and all Canadians will stand up to him on May 2.”

wthibodeau@theguardian.pe.ca

 

Organizations: Conservative Riding Association, The Guardian, L’École Évangéline La Cité Collégiale

Geographic location: Cardigan, Egmont, Eastern Prince Edward Island Wellington Georgetown St. Anthony Woodstock Ottawa Opposition Leader Government House

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  • Fred
    March 30, 2011 - 10:11

    Mike's no bully...the protester crossed a line and had it coming. What kind of man doesn't defend his family. Protest all you want but there is no need to make it personal.

  • bernie
    March 28, 2011 - 21:33

    excited---You are the man Mike!!!! I can not believe Lawrence mentioned the closing of the small schools----it was the liberals who closed them,and 1 of these great small schools is now re---opened!!!! You are a good man,Lawrence, but it is now Mike;s turn,as there will be a Conservative majority, anyway. All the best,Mike. I will be at your victory party!!!!!!

  • ANSWER THE QUESTIONS
    March 28, 2011 - 17:59

    There are two things that you absolutely cannot believe in. Tooth Fairies and Politicians. I watched the news tonight on TV and Iggy would not or could not answer a question with an answer. When asked if he would raise taxes and/or provide assistance for seniors he attacked the Conservatives with comments about a totally unrelated situation. Guy, if you are answered questions at least have the decency to answer the question asked and do not make a fool of youself as Iggy has done.

  • political wizard
    March 28, 2011 - 17:29

    HOR-RAY Mike Currie just announced his retirement. He bailed because he knew he wasn't going to win his provincial seat and he is in a dream if he thinks he is going to beat Lawrence. Enjoy the sunny south Mikee boy..

  • joe
    March 28, 2011 - 14:18

    TO BABAHEX - IT'S FUNNY HOW YOU SAID THE HARPER GOVERNMENT WASTING OUR MONEY, THIS IS A JOKE - WHAT DO YOU THINK THE LIBERALS ARE DOING RIGHT HERE ON PEI. POLITICS IS JUST THAT. EVERYTHING OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING IS WASTING AND STEALING TAX PAYERS MONEY AND EVEN THE CHINESE MONEY. i AM CONVINCED NONE OF THEM HAVE A CONCIOUS

  • quoting quotable
    March 28, 2011 - 13:49

    Anyone else notice that Guy just stole Ignatief's quote to the globe and mail and added "the people of Egmont"..... Couldn't come up with anything creative?

  • Charles Doyle
    March 28, 2011 - 13:27

    Good luck Mike,I'm sure you will make a great MPas Lawrence has become quite complacent.When you call the office all you get is Barry what's his name telling you that Lawrence will get back to you and never does.I have voted liberal my whole life but it will come to an end this election.When you were in the government office you always had the time to return a phone call to me even though I was not in your riding.Once again good luck and you can count on three votes from the Doyle house in Hazelbrooke.

  • SG
    March 28, 2011 - 11:54

    I'll be saying No to Iggy. I feel his answer to forming a Coalition Party still leaves doubts as the Media hasn't asked him the question as to his plan should there be a Lib. Miniority Gov. which I feel would be a very slim possibility, but the question needed to be asked and answered. I don't see a need for this Election or expense. If the comments I've read from Canadians over the weekend are any indication of the Election Outcome Harper will win with a majority.

  • Upwester
    March 28, 2011 - 11:50

    Good luck Guy, you have my vote!!

  • Steve
    March 28, 2011 - 11:48

    anybody who thinks the lieberals will win federally must be sniffing the same stuff ghiz has all his life...

  • Checker
    March 28, 2011 - 11:15

    Sure hope not Garth!! I would like to see a mix. We have seen enough of strong arm party politics. Harper with a majority is enough to scare the BJeez out of anyone. Harper and Mulroney are the ruination of the Concervative Party as Chretien was for the Liberals. We need people who ar concerned about the average citizen, their constituent , not their political careers. When was the last time you saw a party platform form anybody? We have no idea what these people stand for but we know it is not the welfare of the average Canadian!

  • ProudLiberal
    March 28, 2011 - 11:02

    Finally, a fresh face in the scene of politics. I think this is exactly what our government needs!

  • political observer
    March 28, 2011 - 10:58

    In reality folks ..Harper is leading in the polls,IGGY who was annointed like CASEY not only has leadership issues he is also an unknown entity like Sean CASEY.......Maybe it is time for a change in all 3 ridings....what can the Liberals offer??If they lose bad ,there is talk the party is finished...and will have to be totally re-built....the Canadian electorate has changed even here on the island ..Bryne's christian approach will go down in flames...only 20-22% of islanders attend church...and who wants a minority controlling my MP and influencing how he deals with some social issues....what about the other 75-80% who want a say??...Harper no matter all the foolish fear mongering and allegations has been good to this country warts and all.......

  • A red tide coming
    March 28, 2011 - 10:22

    Looks like its won't only be an all liberal provincial government but all Liberal seats back in PEI Federally! Go Guy Go! The two new Liberal MP's will have great leadership from Lawrence and Wayne. All the best to you gentlemen!

  • Bill MacLeod
    March 28, 2011 - 10:21

    Should Currie decide to run Federally a strong door to door campaign should be enough to upset MacAulay, who in the past hasn't bothered to do this in the riding.

  • BabaHex
    March 28, 2011 - 09:50

    Good luck, Mr. Gallant. I like the cut of your jib. You'll have my vote, I used to vote Tories but these guys in Ottawa are out of control with our money. Between their disrespectful treatment of the public, contempt for the media and Canadians right to be informed, now they took their lies right to House of Parliament. I am glad they have been called out on the Contempt of Parliament, I am ashamed that I actually voted for these guys. Never again, Mr. Harper, never again.

  • George Davies
    March 28, 2011 - 07:21

    Another bully for the Harper machine. Remember Mike Currie grabbing a PNP protester by the throat?

    • From the East
      March 28, 2011 - 13:29

      Mike did the right thing by grabbing that big mouth "protester"...Rob Mc brought Curries personal life and wife into those comments-Currie could have laid a world of hurt on him but didnt! Go mike Go!

    • Julia
      March 30, 2011 - 13:14

      Mike Currie did not grab anyone by the throat...watch the footage...it was the gentleman's collar....and I use the world gentleman very loosely. The Legislative Assembly had to remove this gentleman for his ridiculous behavior the day before and they should have banned him from the property. I would be very upset if Mike had not have defended his wife's honour....she did nothing to deserve the slander that the protestor shot her way. You want to protest on the facts and the topics...go for it. But if you want to blame anyone for the PNP blame the Government and the Freedom of Information and Privacy Commissioner, Jud y Haldemann, who for some reason felt that the public has no right to know who got what. Open up the books and let the pieces fall where they may.

  • Garth Staples
    March 28, 2011 - 07:01

    Looks like 4 PEI Conservative MP's on 2 May.

    • westerner
      March 28, 2011 - 11:04

      22 years?That sounds like middle-east dictator type of longevity.Time for a change.

  • upwest proud
    March 28, 2011 - 06:36

    Since when did the government house leader need an EA, this is crazy.

  • mercy me
    March 28, 2011 - 06:36

    The Liberals have clearly conceded Egmont to Shea. This will spill over into the rest of PEI. There is no safe seats for the Liberals on PEI, In Cardigan, it could very well be the popular Currie over the old and tired MacAuley. In Malpeque, Easter is running scared, while in Charlottetown the Liberals are under attack from all sides. A pick up of 5-6 percent by the NDP's faith first candidate, JoeByrnes, who is running a kind of Pro-Life campaign, would help pave the way for a victory by the popular Conservative Donna Profit. When the dust settles there will be more Tories heading back to Ottawa to work with Gail Shea. The only question is how many!