2014 may be biggest year in P.E.I.'s history, says Ghiz

Wayne Thibodeau
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Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast are being invited to come to Prince Edward Island in 2014 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the meeting of the Fathers of Confederation, a meeting which paved the way for the formation of Canada.

In his annual year-end interview with The Guardian, Premier Robert Ghiz predicted 2014 may very well be the biggest celebration in P.E.I.'s history.

"2014 will kick-off the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Canada in 2017," Ghiz said in the hour-long interview that will be published in The Guardian on Dec. 27.

"But Canadians and Islanders all have to realize that we would not have that celebration in 2017 if it was not for a meeting here in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1864. That meeting really laid the foundation for the formation of the greatest country in the world."

On Sept. 1, 1864 the Maritimes provinces met, in what was supposed to be meetings on Maritime Union.

Members of Canada East and Canada West requested permission to attend the meeting of the colonies, in order to raise the larger subject of British North American union.

Ghiz said the year long celebrations will honour the past while looking forward to the future.

"I really want to invite Canada to Prince Edward Island," Ghiz said, in a video segment now posted on The Guardian's website at www.theguardian.pe.ca

The province is working to get the official Canada Day celebrations moved from the nation's capital in Ottawa to Charlottetown. They are also hoping for another visit by Prince William and his wife, Kate.

The province is also hoping for a series of legacy projects. The most notable is a provincial museum.

The province is still in talks with the federal government for funding.

A 2009 report said the museum could cost as much as $41 million.

Ghiz said there is still no word whether the federal government is prepared to partner to help build the provincial museum.

"There are other legacy projects out there too, people talking about revamping the Confederation Centre, perhaps looking at the seven museums we have across our province and revamping them."

"...Canadians and Islanders all have to realize that we would not have that celebration in 2017 if it was not for a meeting here in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1864." Premier Robert Ghiz in his year-end interview with The Guardian



A Conversation with ...

Premier Robert Ghiz sits down one-on-one with The Guardian's Wayne Thibodeau for his annual year-end interview.

-A Conversation with Premier Robert Ghiz will be published in The Guardian Dec. 27.

-An exclusive preview of the interview is now posted at our website, www.theguardian.pe.ca.

- It will air on EastLink TV Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 8:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

- Thursday, Dec. 29, at 8:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. - Friday, Dec. 30, at 8:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - Saturday, Dec. 31, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8:30 p.m.

-Monday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. - Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.


Organizations: The Guardian, Islanders, Maritime Union North American Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada West, Charlottetown Ottawa

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Recent comments

  • A question
    December 21, 2011 - 23:12

    Can someone ask him how many doctors of those 17 recruited are still working on PEI? The Sherwood clinic is kind of bare of 2 doctors that we know of. And is there a cancer dr leaving? Thank you.

  • at the end of the daaay
    December 21, 2011 - 11:02

    What a tired old idea. Yawn.

  • is he drunk
    December 21, 2011 - 10:43

    Our economy is in ruins - debt is exploding - out migration is every day and poverty grows deeper and darker. Is this guy drunk or just out of it... great times if you have a 6 figure salary and a ton of PNP bucks.

  • no worries
    December 21, 2011 - 09:11

    Yes a birthday party is going to cause the biggest year yet. No economic plan or worries what so ever, just spend spend and party on. What a Dear Leader.

  • AJAX
    December 21, 2011 - 07:43

    With an election in 2015, 2014 will also be a noteworthy year for Preimer Ghiz, as it will be his last full year serving as premier.

  • Garth Staples
    December 21, 2011 - 06:48

    I bet Regis will come for free and spend some of his own!!!

  • Worth the Wait
    December 21, 2011 - 04:54

    There wont be any tourist next year or in 2013, but by golly, if they save their money over the next two years we might just be able to get them here. Any business that can survive without a seasonal boost till then, just might see their doors open to these fine folks. Let us hope the circus is in town that weekend and the beer store is full, least that is how the story was told to me. Sounds like a three ring circus to me.

    • LMM
      December 21, 2011 - 18:46

      Tourists wont be able to come to our celebration, they wont be able to afford the bridge tolls.