NEW: Myers chosen interim party leader

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Party takes double-headed approach with Myers as party leader, Hal Perry as Opposition leader

Newly elected interim PC Leader Steven Myers says the party needs to stop focusing on the mistakes of the past and begin working toward uniting and building for the next election.

Myers was elected interim leader by the Progressive Conservative executive and the five Tory MLAs on Thursday evening in a closed-door meeting in Charlottetown.

He was vying for the position with fellow MLA Hal Perry, who was named Opposition leader Wednesday, and former PC candidate Linda Clements.

Myers told reporters he is happy he was chosen as interim leader and will begin working right away on bridging the deep divisions that have plagued the party for months.

“Starting tomorrow morning we need to start rebuilding the party from the ground up and I look forward to doing it,” Myers said.

“We need to start repairing any divides or bad feelings that are out there in the party. We need to start pulling it together and we need to go out to the grassroots to do it.”

As interim leader, Myers now has the top job in the PC party and will be responsible for the membership, rules, policy and preparing the party for the next provincial election.

But he will not have the top job in the legislature.

Just one day ago, Hal Perry put his name forward during a caucus meeting to take over as Opposition leader after Crane announced Tuesday she was quitting this position. She announced in December she would resign as leader of the party.  

Myers also put his name forward for the post of leader of the Opposition, and a vote was held.

Sources have told The Guardian Perry had the support of Crane and Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie for this vote, thus a majority. Opposition leader is chosen by consensus of the Opposition caucus.

Perry now is the leader of the Opposition.

But many within the party and the public are confused by this new situation. Traditionally the same person has held both the position of party leader and Opposition leader, unless the party leader was unelected – an Opposition leader must be an elected MLA.

This may be the first time in P.E.I. history in which the party leader and the Opposition leader are two separate people within the same caucus.

Myers has previously said he believes one person should hold the two roles.

On Thursday he confirmed his feelings on this remain the same.

“I’m not going to change my mind on it, but at this point it’s not within my control.”

In the meantime, Myers says he will make the best of it.

“It happened. It’s behind us, so we need to start moving on,” Myers said.

“Tomorrow’s a new day, we need to move forward as a party, we need to move forward as a caucus, we need to move forward as an Island.”

The meeting Thursday was a difficult one for media to pin down. Party president Blake Doyle changed the time once and the location three times – the last change just over a half-hour before the meeting began.

The meeting itself was closed to media and the public, but The Guardian was told members of the executive asked Perry to sign a letter saying he would not run for the permanent leadership if chosen interim leader. He refused.

Myers reiterated Thursday he will not run in the leadership convention.

In the end, the 15 members present cast their ballots – 12 for Myers, three for Perry and zero for Clements. With this result, it is suspected Perry received votes from Crane, LaVie and himself.

Perry could not be reached for comment before deadline Thursday, as he was attending a meeting in Alberton.

 

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Organizations: Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island, Delta Prince Edward

Geographic location: Tignish-Palmer Road

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  • Farside cartoon character
    February 01, 2013 - 16:40

    While I'd never vote for the extremely corrupt Liberal party and it's pathetic, so called leader, I had faint hope that the "new" Tories might be above the corruption and hiding their past involvement in PNP and other corruption at all costs. Their voting for a leader who looks like a Farside cartoon character wearing his much smaller brother's clothes certainly doesn't help instill confidence. Looks like it's time to vote NDP!

  • clam
    February 01, 2013 - 15:53

    What a joke,Mr Myers over Olive Crane.The backroom boys will run him also,if he thinks different he's so wrong.If he brings up pnp he will be gone also.One thing I do hope for is Olive Crane does not drop this for her sake and ours

  • Bevyman
    February 01, 2013 - 15:52

    How could anyone vote for a party that is this dis-functional,. A back lashing former leader and now the party of 5!!!!!!!! cannot choose 1 to lead them forward .. Call an election now and this party may be eliminated entirely

  • TELL US
    February 01, 2013 - 15:00

    you are ABSOLUTELY right "FOLLOWER" We need to know any potential leader's stance on the PNP. As much as many of the party elite would like this matter to evaporate, it simply won't. It may make no difference to the staunch party members, who think presenting a united front is priority one in order to defeat the Liberals,but it is actually the PNP issue that will unite many of the ELECTORATE behind the PC party in ousting the Liberals... YOU SAID IT! - get it right and do it early. There are many who are waiting to support this party but will never do so if they smell any hint of cover-up of back room control.

  • cookie monster
    February 01, 2013 - 14:33

    Heeeeeeyyyy! My fwiend, da two-headed monster, is in charge of PEI PC Party ! Yaaaaay! Gimme cookie!

  • Coming Soon
    February 01, 2013 - 14:14

    To a town near you: The Gong Show

  • Follower
    February 01, 2013 - 12:59

    Mr Myers, your first priority must be" TELL US YOUR VIEW ON THE PNP ISSUE" THIS WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOU. I AM CONFUSED OVER WHY TWO PEOPLE ARE IN THIS PSOITION WHEN IN THE PAST OLIVE CRANE DID IT ALL, MAKES MORE SENSE, AS WELL HOW DOES ANYONE JUSTIFY PAYING TWO POSITIONS THIS KIND OF SALARIES FOR WHAT THEY INTEND ON DOING. gET IT RIGHT BOYS AND IMMEDIATELY, THE MORE CONFUSION MAKES rOBERT AND HIS GANG LOOK GOOD.

  • C.Trail
    February 01, 2013 - 12:19

    Myers your mind has already been changedon the leadership issue. If you felt so strongly about it you should have stood down thursday after losing the support of caucas the day before.I support Mr. Perry as opposition leader and wish him and caucas well in there efforts to clean up a mess. It appears from press reports that you are the puppet of the backroom boys who are spending far too much time trying to hide something. Could it be PNP??

  • NDP for me and my family next time
    February 01, 2013 - 11:36

    What a messy situation we have here! I have always voted PC, but no more...time is running out for the Blue and Red teams. People of PEI...do the right thing and get rid of them all.

  • Blown Away
    February 01, 2013 - 11:08

    Knew there was a reason the wind was up in the Bay area. Windbag in full force. I used to vote for this party - but with the likes of these reps...they will not see my vote again til they get someone with more credentials and maturity. PC party..do not let him be your leader- that will seal your doom. Ms. Crane- to have worked with the likes of these fellow, .you did well to survive as long as you did. The Party's fate is not up to you now. Myers will see it destroyed.

  • No substance
    February 01, 2013 - 10:15

    Myers statements are full of "we need...we need...we need". Motherhood and apple pie statements. Good luck PC's...you are going to need it!

  • Dave Macleod
    February 01, 2013 - 09:55

    PNP issue never comes up again now. Conservative back room boys too heavily involved.

    • Bertie
      February 01, 2013 - 13:01

      Red and blue are just illusions on PEI. There is a group grabbing everything they can and working together to cover it up. And there is us, the other 95% of the population. That is all there is to it. Especially with Steve Myers stepping up as formal bad ole back room boy representative. Blasting ino the past likea meteor. Hard to beleive the PCs let this all slide into backwardness so severely. The Ghiz corruption was too appealing. BTW is Ghiz ever coming back from his vacation????

  • Chucker
    February 01, 2013 - 09:19

    If this Myers guy reminds you of Mike Currie there is a whole lot of good reasons for that. So it is NDP all the way from now on. Voted for Binns many times even Harper last time. No more. Bye bye blue boys!!!!!

  • buddy longaphie
    February 01, 2013 - 09:03

    I think the party should get on with it I go long with steven this interim leader and opposition leader is to much to contusing even the liberals are contusing get on with it get a leader so we can get ready for the next election this is pretty much what we had with olive crane come on.

  • blue gal
    February 01, 2013 - 08:55

    OMG!!!! we have to endure listening and watching him???? Olive was hard enough to listen to..but Steven Myres..... we just went from the "pot to the frying pan". Can't believe they have done this!!!!!

  • Stew
    February 01, 2013 - 08:53

    Hurry up PCs. Get a permanent leader without the usual baggage that these two have. This party is going to self implode! Even though I've mostly voted PC and occasionally liberal (what was I thinking?), I'm strongly considering parking my vote with Greens or NDP by default.

  • buddy longaphie
    February 01, 2013 - 08:34

    it about time the party got on with it .get a leader.we neet a leader that will take the party on and take us in to the next election it that simple.this interim leader and opposition leader .is pretty much what we had with olive crane should I go for it my self.

  • Checker
    February 01, 2013 - 08:06

    The new Party President and his cohorts Murphy and Lea have done more to divide the Party then anyone on record. If this new group think they have a chance at electoral success they are out of their minds..If their back handed and sleazey approach to solidifying the Party is any example of how they will govern...no thanks!! The Party will not win an election in the next two decades. They have charted a course to the abyss where the federal Liberal now live. Time for the new political parties interested in governing to step up to the plate. Both the Liberals and Conservatives have lost their way.

  • Gerry
    February 01, 2013 - 07:58

    Problem with the PC and Liberal parties is that there is an excessive amount of testosterone clouding their judgement; and we all know that translates into power struggles which inevitably results in poor decision-making. Case in point. NDP all the way; bring on the election!

  • Good Gravy
    February 01, 2013 - 07:39

    WOW! just think, the party has Ears in the East, Ears in the West....and nothing in the middle....hehehhehehe

  • SG
    February 01, 2013 - 07:36

    I've never seen PEI in such a Sad State Financially or Politically. What is more depressing it just seems to detereoriate more each day while Islanders stand back and watch. Islanders' Comments on Websites will DO Absolutely Nothing to bring about change, diminish our Debt, provide jobs or meals for many Islanders who are presently in dire straits. But it's nice our Politicians can SMILE.

  • Bob Macdonald
    February 01, 2013 - 06:51

    This is just going from bad to worse. It's really hard to believe how far down Olive has taken the PC party. She may get next years news maker of the year as well for completely destroying the party.

  • SOS . . . .
    February 01, 2013 - 06:34

    Could a political scientist or a member of the clergy or a soothsayer explain this to Islanders? How ca the ineptitude of the Opposition so skillfully enable the corruption of the Government?

  • Uowester
    February 01, 2013 - 05:51

    Myers make Ghiz look like a saint!

  • wendy grant
    February 01, 2013 - 00:59

    This is quite the canundrun. They wanted Crane out so as not to have 2 in the same position as she was and they sure booted her.. The next day they are back with the same thing. How many insiders did this??? NDP for me as well

  • Jones
    February 01, 2013 - 00:39

    As a liberal, I applaud this decision.

  • gargamel
    January 31, 2013 - 23:08

    Archie Bunker (Myers) as party leader and Larry, Moe & Curley (Perry) as official opposition leader. Brilliant! PEI is so incredibly deserving of the quality political representation offered by Ghiz and Myers/Perry.

  • Question..
    January 31, 2013 - 22:23

    Could Myers not have stepped aside today,and let Mr Perry.lead? He wants to unite the party????

    • Sheryl and Kent's Graceland
      February 01, 2013 - 01:35

      Put those names in the opposite order and you've got yourself an intelligent argument.

  • Linda Dunne
    January 31, 2013 - 21:42

    This is so confusing. I was thinking of going conservative but this is such a mixup, no chance of that ever happening.. Have one person do both jobs, leader of this, leader of that, still too confusing and you won't be able to rebuild the party by doing this mess. Backroom boys should all be thrown out of there and start over new!

  • Wally Toms
    January 31, 2013 - 21:41

    What the heck. This party is totally out to lunch. Way to many leaders .The fight between the PC's And Reform Conservatives should be out in the open. I'd pay good money to see best out of 3 rounds in a tag team format.

  • Crying shame
    January 31, 2013 - 21:39

    Its a shame that Myers is the leader. I once had a run in with Myers at my place of employment. I talked to him about being in the pc party (which i explained i supported) and then tried to help him find what he was looking for. After a couple minutes of trying to help Mr.Myers i had to call another store (competition) and see if they had the product he was looking for and got them to hold the product for him since they had it in stock. I didnt even get a thank you from him, instead i got a " i guess it was a waste of time coming here" and left. I vowed right then and there i would never vote for him. And now that he is leading a party i guess that means ill not be voting for the party in which i supported in the past.

    • I don't want to live on this planet anymore
      February 01, 2013 - 01:32

      If this story is true you are a petty, petty Liberal.

  • About Time
    January 31, 2013 - 21:34

    If you ask me Hal Perry should step aside-lets have one person and one person only in charge. If Mr Perry wants to take a run at the leadership thats great-but lets have one leader for now. Mr Myers is a straight shooter and will be a decent interim leader...now the torys should get out and beat the bushes for their next leader,

  • Graduate
    January 31, 2013 - 20:40

    If Mr. Perry wants to unify the PC party then he should resign. Maybe he will get a senior portfolio after next election .If not , he will be a backbencher like ghiz made Buck Watts , a 5000 dollar clapor.

    • Not what Perry wants
      February 01, 2013 - 01:29

      Hal Perry doesn't want to unify the party. Hal Perry is working with Olive to rip the party apart. Pay attention.

  • come on
    January 31, 2013 - 20:36

    you have got to be kidding

  • waldorf
    January 31, 2013 - 20:00

    PUT YOUR TORIE FLAG UPSIDE DOWN AND SHOW PEI HOW MUCH DISTRESS YOU REALLY ARE IN WITH scenario LIKE THIS ONE.............

  • Fed Up
    January 31, 2013 - 19:58

    Are we not in the same boat as before???? SPLIT IN TWO??? Come ON you people.....work TOGETHER.......you need it to go against a controlling, arrogant leader like Ghiz.......he doesn't give a ^(^$@)@& about any of the people - only himself. You guys have to beat him, or our province is DONE!!! And you won't do it, split down the middle.......

  • Voting NDP
    January 31, 2013 - 19:52

    I only read the headline............NDP you now have my vote.

  • Great Choice
    January 31, 2013 - 19:50

    Blake Blake Blake. What are you doing? The party is done. Stay on now Mr. Ghiz, all us Tories won't even vote now. Interim or not. Credibility is gone!

  • Tory
    January 31, 2013 - 19:27

    And there shall be peace across the lands. Once Hal gives back the stolen crown.

  • Cornwall Dude
    January 31, 2013 - 19:26

    May as well just pass the opposition leader's job over, Hal. Aylward is going to get his way, one way or another. Why fight the inevitable?

  • Joe Blow
    January 31, 2013 - 19:03

    The PC's are a mess without Crane!! She had ALL Islanders concerns at heart and done a wonderful job trying to fight for the right things....he own parties backroom boys had too much to hide and kept stabbing her in the back until she resigned and now they have nothing!!! Who would want to vote for a party that only caters to the backroom boys the same way the Ghiz government does??? The PC's are no better in that regard. NDP is the only way to vote in the next election...they are the only logical choice to get PEI politics back on track. Crane tried her best.....but too many backstabbers making the decisions to gain any ground!

  • former conservative backer
    January 31, 2013 - 18:13

    I see this guy has the backing of the backroom boys who helped to cut Olive's throat.

  • scott
    January 31, 2013 - 18:11

    Well now... the continueing story of as the stomach turns goes on. In the latest episode, the family elects another boss..... Stephen " Anthoney" soprano myers. How long before big steve whacks his competition?

  • Ralph Malph
    January 31, 2013 - 18:11

    OMG, the first sign of the apocalypse, I can't believe this imbecile is leader of the PC party...hahahaha!

  • Dreamland
    January 31, 2013 - 18:06

    That's it. I've travelled to an alternate universe where Mike Currie, Big Boss Wannabe, has taken over the elementary school sand box. He's running around kicking sand in the eyes of little blue children as the adults sit around drinking purple Koolaid. They're chanting and pointing at some slimy used car salesman screaming, "This will now be the commander of the Blue Tribe!" Clearly, I need help . . .

    • Glenn H
      February 01, 2013 - 12:28

      No,that sounds about right!(Or else I need help too!lol) But it looks fabulous on them to have this complete and utter moron now leading them!Congrats Steven!

  • My Guess
    January 31, 2013 - 17:53

    My guess is the executive were well aware that Myers is the only one of the 3 who would be able to move forward while holding Ghiz accountable....now-the Torys should have a leadership convention within 12 months.

  • Finally
    January 31, 2013 - 17:38

    The Backwards Caucus should of named Myers Oppisition leader as well. Myers said right from the get go that he was in it to try and unite a deeply divided party. Then Mr Perry came out saying he wanted it and wouldnt rule out a run at the leadership-really Mr Perry? Or did Olive want to keep you on as her personal puppet.

  • Well , Well
    January 31, 2013 - 17:34

    Well,Well , Isn't it grand , that is some major change for the party . Nothing like fairness in giving the extra money to the guy's & shutting Olive completely out . I hope she crosses the floor & joins another party that won't stab her in the back or runs for the federal . She will have my support either way . Steven has just lost any votes that I condered up for him . He's no better than the backroom boy's . Money,money,money . He's forgetting he needs another term for the pension . Not sure he'll get it . lol

  • were these 'leaders' told when to shut up
    January 31, 2013 - 17:24

    Behind closed doors is no place for democracy, but it may the place to lay out the ground rules for elected officials when the Party is run by bully boys. Was there any interest in making the party relevant? Is the PNP now officially off the books, no more questions?????Crane became leader because she was on the PNP hunt and now the party does not want any questions.................funny eh?

  • huh
    January 31, 2013 - 17:21

    PEI politics are in a real bad state....

  • Donnie
    January 31, 2013 - 17:19

    This was the best of the three? Better make him leader, then you'll have someone to blame for the next landslide loss....lol!