Protest at Gail Shea's office fizzles

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH – A planned protest outside of Egmont MP Gail Shea’s Tignish constituency office fizzled Wednesday evening when only five people showed up to express their dissatisfaction with the federal budget bill now before parliament.

“What I think is people don’t understand yet what this is going to do,” businessman Robert Gallant from Goodwin’s Corner said. He admitted being surprised by the small turnout. There were no placards and no one in attendance to take charge of the event.

The Budget Action Network had indicated similar protests would be taking place at Conservative Party constituency offices across the country at 5:30 p.m. local time Wednesday in an attempt to attract “13 Heros,” Conservative caucus members who would agree to vote against the budget bill. That’s the number of Conservatives the Budget Action Network believes would be needed to defeat the bill.

“I think a lot of people just say the heck with it,” Gallant said of what he views as the Conservatives’ “their way or the highway” approach.

“If I could see her vote against (the budget bill), Gallant said of MP Shea, “I would be more for her.  I think more people would be for her if she voted against it.”

While Gallant said he doubts the bill will be defeated, he is hopeful the opposition parties can force some changes to it.

Doug Doucette drove right to Tignish from work to join in the protest. Like others in attendance, he is unhappy with proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act.

“They’re pushing it through and keeping the blinders on,” he complained.

Gallant said there might be need for changes to EI, but ones that affect farming, fishing and tourism are not the way to go. Once it was obvious no one else was showing up, Gallant got back in his truck and headed home to watch the parliamentary proceedings on television.

A similar protest is planned for Shea’s Charlottetown office Friday at 12 Noon. Her office in the capital city is located at the Royal Trust Tower at 119 Kent Street in Charlottetown.

Organizations: Conservatives, Conservative Party, Employment Insurance Royal Trust Tower

Geographic location: TIGNISH, Charlottetown, 119 Kent Street

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Recent comments

  • Tony Reddin
    June 14, 2012 - 15:54

    why our Rally is scheduled for Friday: 1. The final crucial vote on C-38 is expected to be Monday, and by Friday Gail Shea may be reconsidering her choices... 2.Wednesday there was a big joint press conference outlining the Federal workforce study on the effects to PEI of the job losses caused by Bill C-38. We didn't want to compete for media attention, and the message is very similar to ours, so we decided to delay. We expect those people to come out Friday. 3.We also decided to hold it at noon when Gail Shea's Regional office there is open, and to have more visibility and media coverage.

    • P. Masci
      July 02, 2012 - 06:16

      I am not fully Liberal (used to be) was never conservative (boring) and still wondering about the NDP. I no longer vote, because I feel most of our government is corrupt and detached from the People. I recently had correspondence with Minister Gail Shea in a serious matter regarding unfair & unexplained methods used by the CTB and CRA that forced me to lose my home. My experience confirmed to me that Gail Shea is just another corporate owned, rubber-stamp MP who does not listen to or properly represent the People of Canada. I have hard evidence to show that She is indifferent to Taxpayers concerns or the future of our children! Wake up People, we need to stand united against any insensitive and phony politician...regardless of party!

  • John Baltic
    June 14, 2012 - 10:07

    The fact that we probably have the best government of alltime in Ottawa just raises the ire of liberals and socialists - funny how that is. Being the envy of the G8 means nothing to these folks. Well, maybe, just maybe, they attacted 5 people to their demonstration because that's how many like-minded simpletons are out there. Islanders are alot of things but entirely stupid we are not.

  • wolf man
    June 14, 2012 - 09:26

    tignish people have a lot to say behind goverment, back,s but can,t fing the balls to stand up to the plate so keep on bitchen aqnd move to alberta

      June 14, 2012 - 16:13

      Hey--Coyote Boy - People in Tignish happen to support Minister Shea. The only ones who don't have the ba@@s to come out are the ones chronically on EI, like yourself.EI has become like welfare now, pretty embarrassing to let people know you're on it.

  • Gerard
    June 14, 2012 - 08:06

    Give it up guys, Conservatives are in Ottawa, and we have a corrupt Liberal Government here on P. E. I.

  • Quiet Observer
    June 14, 2012 - 08:03

    Hmmmm, when an anti-HST rally gets 250 protestors, everyone says there can't be much objection to HST if only 250 people show up. Well, if only 5 show up to protest at gail's office, what does that tell you?

  • Lisa
    June 14, 2012 - 07:47

    I wondered about the fact that there was no one in the Tignish office to even SEE a protest...

  • Garth Staples
    June 14, 2012 - 06:28

    All the current crazy, silly, childish antics by the NDP and Liberals in the House of Commons separates those who want to get the job done by keeping Canada growing strong and free . C'mon Grits and Socialist 'sillies' cut out the harassment.

  • statler
    June 14, 2012 - 03:07


  • Ann
    June 13, 2012 - 23:02

    Who would dare to protest publicly in Tignish against one of their own? Everything is personal in a small town. What goes around comes around even if it's just a snub here, a nasty comment there, or a resume going to the bottom of the pile. Gail is a well-connected local with a big family. Who wants to stir that pot in such a public way, over a policy she represents but has no control over? You give the Conservatives an inch and they will take a mile, and Reformers like Harper will run over anyone not like them to do it.

  • Nor'easter
    June 13, 2012 - 22:23

    Well I guess alot of her voters must aprove of the government she supports is doing the right thing. I hope In Febuary when they are freezing with only a little hardwood to keep warm and no money to buy food they will have time to reconcider their vote. hope you get enough lobster and crab to tide you over. what about the labor workers and all the rest of the seasonal workers? Thanks of the show of support to those who showed or whom were interested, sorry for the disappointment. Gues Gail has alot more support than most thought. Bully for you Gail

    • Townie
      June 14, 2012 - 16:00

      Hopefully they will honestly try to find a job and therefore won't freeze.

  • Seriously
    June 13, 2012 - 21:51

    Robert Gallant was the Liberal campaign manager in the last federal election, nothing partisan about him going to a protest!

  • peppyca
    June 13, 2012 - 21:07

    Lucky for you guys that Gail Shea supporters didn't show up.

  • riding resident
    June 13, 2012 - 20:52

    And people say Gail's seat is at risk..........give your head a shake...that's Liberal and NDP Political BS.........she has ajob to do and a boss to report to......

  • robby mcrobb
    June 13, 2012 - 20:19

    Is it possible that Islanders are finally realising that MP Gail Shea actually does all she can for all Islanders. A Proud Islander that actually cares for every man woman and child on this Island. Unlike the other MP's who are far more interested in keeping their pension safe at all costs. Gail Shea is devoted to Islanders and their concerns. Robby a True Blue Tory

  • Hang Tight
    June 13, 2012 - 19:44

    Hang tight Mrs. Shea , the country needs these changes to get back on track . The people that work for a living & don't expect their neighbours to pay their bills and support them for most of the year will be on your side because they don't want to leave our bills on the backs of our grand childern . Just keep looking at our provincil goverment for example of what not to do .