P.E.I. New Democrats are set to elect a new leader and The Guardian and Eastlink TV are once again teaming up to bring the event live to homes across Prince Edward Island.
Anchor Wayne Thibodeau and The Guardian’s team of journalists and commentators will be doing a live television special Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 1 p.m.
“We’ll have every angle of the convention covered from the first speech to the final vote is cast,” said Thibodeau, who has anchored live coverage of similar television specials including the Progressive Conservative leadership convention, federal, provincial, and municipal television debates, as well as an annual one-on-one interview with the premier of Prince Edward Island.
“We have brought a team together to examine the NDP factor. Will the party be a player in the next provincial election? Can the next leader of the party reverse the party’s fortunes? Which political party has the most to fear if indeed the NDP is able to maintain or even increase its 18 per cent level of support in the polls?”
Two candidates are vying for the party’s top job.
Mike Redmond of Stratford is director of facilities at the Murphy Community Centre in Charlottetown. He’s also a nationally certified soccer coach and has served as the head coach of the UPEI women’s soccer team since 2004.
This is Redmond’s first foray into politics.
“We see local coverage of political events being important to the residents of Prince Edward Island and Eastlink TV is one again pleased to partner with The Guardian to provide quality in-depth coverage of this event.” - Bruce MacLean, regional manager for Eastlink TV in Prince Edward Island
Trevor Leclerc was an actor and director and drama teacher for 14 years in Ottawa before moving to Prince Edward Island.
In 2000, at the age of 37, Leclerc recovered from a stroke.
Leclerc was the NDP candidates in the 2011 provincial election running against Premier Robert Ghiz in the district of Charlottetown-Brighton. He received 7.5 per cent of the vote.
Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair will be in attendance for the leadership convention in Charlottetown. Mulcair will sit down with Thibodeau for a one-on-one interview during the Oct. 13 television special.
The convention is being held at the Delta Prince Edward hotel in Charlottetown.
Live coverage will be available on Eastlink TV - Channel 10 and in High Definition on Channel 610. It will also be available on Eastlink’s On Demand service following the broadcast.
An encore broadcast of the P.E.I. NDP leadership convention will air Tuesday Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
Bruce MacLean, regional manager for Eastlink TV in Prince Edward Island, said “We see local coverage of political events being important to the residents of Prince Edward Island and Eastlink TV is one again pleased to partner with The Guardian to provide quality in-depth coverage of this event.”