Progressive Conservative Leader Olive Crane announced today she is resigning from her role as leader.
Joined by P.E.I. PC party president Blake Doyle and her PC Opposition caucus, Crane told reporters during an impromptu noon press conference today she will be stepping down as party leader, effective Jan. 30, 2013.
“I’m the type of leader that I’ve always believed in doing things the right way and in the best interest of Islanders,” she said.
“I gave my word to people for a long while, actually twice, that if I felt the party’s interests would be served better with a new leader, then I would make that decision. And that’s what I’ve decided to do.”
Crane says she will stay on as MLA for Morell-Mermaid and an interim leader will be elected in the New Year.
Her announcement came just one hour after new polling data showing her party has lost four percentage points among those polled and Crane lost five percentage points in the question of which leader Islanders would like to see as premier. She now sits at just three points ahead of newly elected NDP Leader Mike Redmond.
But Crane said the poll was not the main reason she made this announcement today.
“It’s a good time to turn the leadership over to somebody else,” she said.
Despite this announcement, Crane said she feels positive.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve done.”
Crane added she plans to run again in the next election.
The Guardian will continue to cover this developing story. More to come...