Crane plans to stay as Opposition leader

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Outgoing PC leader says she did not resign as leader of Opposition in legislature

Outgoing PC Leader Olive Crane is flanked by fellow Progressive Conservative MLAs, James Aylward, left, and Hal Perry during the news conference announcing her resignation as PC leader.

PC Leader Olive Crane plans to stay on as leader of the Opposition even after she steps down as party leader.

Crane told The Guardian Thursday she was clear when she announced her resignation the day before she would be leaving the PC party leadership to someone else after Jan. 30.

She did not, however, resign as Opposition leader.

“If I stepped aside, then it opens it up again, but right now I’ve not stepped aside from leader of the Opposition,” she said in an interview.

When asked whether she plans to continue as Opposition leader after Jan. 30, she replied she expects to do so.

“We will have a conversation with our caucus and our party, but most likely,” Crane said.

The P.E.I. legislature does not have rules to cover this specific scenario, but always defers to the rules of the House of Commons when such a situation arises.

Clerk of the legislature Charles MacKay provided The Guardian with a copy of the most up-to-date rules on this question.

They state if the leader of the designated Opposition party holds a seat in the legislature, he or she automatically becomes Opposition leader.

But if the party leader is not an elected MLA, the Opposition caucus may designate another of its elected members to act as Opposition leader.

MacKay says that means if, after Jan. 30, the Speaker receives no directive from the current Tory caucus regarding its leader, Crane will remain de facto Opposition leader.

But if the caucus as a whole does not agree with this, they can write to the Speaker and indicate who, among their elected members, their choice for Opposition leader would be.

That person would then become Opposition leader.

Opposition house leader Steven Myers said he has not personally been briefed on these rules, but he expects to have discussions with his fellow caucus members and the Speaker’s office to clarify how they will move forward.

But he hinted Crane might be correct in her belief she will likely stay on as Opposition leader.

“I don’t think there’s any great rush to make any drastic changes at this point,” he said.

Crane added she has not yet had a chance to discuss the topic in depth with her fellow elected Opposition MLAs, but plans to do so over the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, she doesn’t plan on stepping aside as Opposition leader any time soon.

“I don’t plan to at this time, but having said that, I always want to ensure we have good discussion around our caucus table.”

Organizations: House of Commons, Opposition leader.Opposition house

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • Gabriel
    December 08, 2012 - 08:31

    I did try to support Olive Crane but I got too many mixed reports. Some said she was pro-choice but then she pitched in with the government and health critic Aylward to resist abortion services for Island women. She seemed to be of high principle sometimes and then on other ocassions, very mercenary. She fought for overall PNP exposure I thought but then seemed only to want the big Liberals to be exposed. Her new president was a PNP intermediary, as Ghiz so greatly enjoyed stating recently. I followed CBC closely these past few weeks and I would conclude that NDP leader Mike Redmond, very new to the role, did a superior job to Olive in terms of critiquing this government. He is more capable and consistent after five weeks than Olive is after five years. And I repeat I did try very hard to support her. She missed so many opportunities that I am simply amazed by it all.

  • Sully
    December 07, 2012 - 19:13

    Olive did not stand a chance from the get go. ghiz is a premier who is making decisions that may not be politically right but are good for pei. Seems like Olive tried but the true blue colors are ooozing selfishness. You cant say bringing in HST is sellfish. We all want a politician who does the right thing and we should be proud canadians because our premier does.

  • snow job
    December 07, 2012 - 15:17

    I used to have a bit of faith in Olive but now i see she's just another hog at the trough all about the money and not the people Fill your boots Olive your done along with Ghiz and company in the next election.

  • Please stay olive
    December 07, 2012 - 14:58

    Please stay Olive you need that extra large salary and the peoples paid for car and - after all there is absolutely nothing to do now that the House has closed. Scandalous really, but what would you expect from the Con -servatives!

    December 07, 2012 - 12:16

    See how long they tried to block the hst. Two whole days and they still accomplished nothing.... LOSERS

    • Marie
      December 08, 2012 - 08:07

      Look across the country Mario....noone had/has any chance to stop the's been in motion for a couple of years. I am VERY happy that Olive will remain the proverbial "pain in the a__" to the theives that would be, although I'd rather listen to a straight shooter than an arrogant cover up artist.

      December 08, 2012 - 17:41

      @MARIE - BC did it. The HST is not going to be any longer.

    December 07, 2012 - 12:10

    Our Premier totally lacks class and civility, ---his attack on the leader of the opposition in the House yesterday show just how small a man he is. He cannot defend the crooketness that went on under his directions, so he resorts to vicisiousness and bullying. This man does no reflect the values of Islanders, he should resign immeidately.He is anable to understand and act under our system, he is confused and think he is a dictator .

    • mej
      December 07, 2012 - 15:19

      See theres the difference between Torys and Liberals, Ghiz retracted and apologized for using unparlimentary language. Olive chose to be kicked out to the legislature rather than apologize, and Myers doesn't get that you can't use bad language like "hate". Class is a two way street, and apparently the Torys are going the wrong way!!

  • pride
    December 07, 2012 - 11:58

    Olive, you have my admiration, - the Premier's vicious and personal attack on you, instead of answering the question, did not throw you off, -- you kept your cool, --- as for you staying on as leader until such time as a new leader is selected, why not, you have earned, - you have struggled against thay bully Premier all these years. You deserve to go on your own terms, - and people calling you down for that are jalous ingrates, or liberals or both. Keep your head high.

  • don
    December 07, 2012 - 11:47

    OLIVE'S CAR, CARGREEDY, SMOKEY. Yes she has a car but did you see or read where any of the PC’S got a new 2013 car? One of the power hungry members said his car Had 200,000 km (approx. 124,000 miles) how many islanders are driving cars with over 200,000 km? How many of those miles are for his personal use? I guess you guys are liberal voters who helped put us into this mess of the island being BROKE.

    • nitpicker
      December 07, 2012 - 16:09

      The PCs are not in power Don. So no cars. If they were in power, the cabinet members would have their new wheels too. So when Pat Binns was in power all those years the island's economy was humming was it? No need to answer -- because we all know it wasn't. The island's economy has been mediocre for decades, spanning many governments/parties regimes. If only we could support ideas, new thinking and innovation rather than partisan politics this province would be so much better off. But there's too many who think like this poster.

    December 07, 2012 - 11:35

    Probably some ploy to keep the pay cheques coming in. I do not believe she's the right person as Opposition Leader.

  • smokey
    December 07, 2012 - 11:01

    just trying to keep the car and the salary. this resignation looks more and more like a charade every hour. from what i'm hearing, Crane has no plans to go anywhere. She plans to use her power on the executive to declare herself interim leader. In a year she'll call herself full leader again saying there's no time for a convention before the election. she's trying to pull a trudeau. get rid of her folks. she's nothing but trouble.

  • spud
    December 07, 2012 - 10:11

    Dear Olive How much is Ghizmo paying you on the side to stay on as opposition leader and make him look goog in the poles

  • Changes on the Horizen
    December 07, 2012 - 10:07

    Although Ms Crane 's time as opposition leader is at an end she will be around the legislature for a while yet..and will no doubt outlast Mr Giz in this house...She can now direct some pertinent questions to the Premier like she did yesterday reference PNP and Mr Brooke MacMillan..she asked some very valid questions that deserve answers...Mr MacMILLAN was asked and did return monies he was paid by the PNP program...but he has still benefited from the program thru other compnaies he owned ...if they are valid ,and I give him the benefit of the doubt.. so be it ... but his envolvement and benefits should be investigated by a 3rd party ,who is independent..the Premier was not very forthcoming in his answers and re-directed the attack against Crane..who was doing her job................70% of islanders want those questions answered..even Liberal party members.......if this goernment does not deal with this issue now,it will come back to haunt them for does not take apolitical scientist to see that....Islanders have long memories no matter their political stripe....this sitting government owes the citizens of this province some answers,silence and smoke and mirrors to protect Liberal party insiders may have been the norm in the past..but this province's political climate is slowly changing .The budget , PNP,some expenditures in frastructure and favouritism shown to certain law and accounting firms who get access to GovT files before the provinces legal department does .....are causing the electorate to call for drastic change in the way our governmemnt does buisiness ,and this involves all political parties .....changes are needed!

  • don
    December 07, 2012 - 09:55

    mrs crane please stay only you had the back bone to fight for islanders and the new leader of the NDP. you both will be in the house come next election. as i see the liberal getting NO seats they will be the same as in Ottawa in 3rd place if not 4th.

  • Greedy
    December 07, 2012 - 09:32

    Well of course she isn't going to stop having a company car (paid for by the province) or the higher salary just because she is resigning! You can't suck and blow at the same time, Olive. Time to step aside. Completely.

  • concernedislander
    December 07, 2012 - 09:28

    Ah yes Olive wants her pie and be able too eat it too,She should just hand the golden egg over too Steven Myers since they would pass for king and queen off fear mongloring typical political hog wash she couldnt stand the heat so i say move on let someone worthy off the party run it ,is there anybody left on the island too run who might really give ah darn for its people good luck on that note

  • SG
    December 07, 2012 - 08:56

    Well I actually thought I understood this situation before I read this Report! Now I'm totally confused! (Crane added she has not yet had a chance to discuss the topic in depth with her fellow elected Opposition MLAs, but plans to do so over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, she doesn’t plan on stepping aside as Opposition leader any time soon. “I don’t plan to at this time, but having said that, I always want to ensure we have good discussion around our caucus table.”) HUH?

  • Olive's Car
    December 07, 2012 - 08:40

    Why would she give up the higher salary and government car (the same perk she has been critical of in the past week.) All politicians are the same