PCs present united front in new roles

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Steven Myers announces new shadow cabinet roles

PC Leader Steven Myers, left, announces his shadow cabinet with, from second left, Hal Perry, James Aylward, Olive Crane and Colin LaVie.

If there is any division within the Opposition office there were no signs of it Wednesday as Opposition Leader Steven Myers unveiled his new shadow cabinet.

Myers, who took over as leader last week, said there was a strong balance in the Conservative caucus and they were going to capitalize on their strengths.

“This is a positive thing for us and we’ll ensure that the Ghiz government is held accountable in the spring session and every session going forward,” he said.


Myers and the rest of the caucus gathered in the lecture theatre at Province House for the announcement where they stood shoulder to shoulder in their first public appearance for the media since they chose their new opposition leader on Feb. 14.

There were a few changes made to each MLA’s critic area, with Myers taking over as critic for intergovernmental affairs and the premier’s office from former leader Olive Crane.

Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry, who was the opposition leader for 13 days before stepping down, will be the party’s house leader while Stratford-Kinlock MLA James Aylward will be the opposition whip.

It all came after weeks of seeming division within the party that started with Crane’s announcement she was stepping down as party leader but staying on as opposition leader. She later decided not to keep her job as opposition leader and Hal Perry took over with the support of two other MLAs in the caucus.

That led to Myers, who was chosen as interim PC Party leader, and the party president Blake Doyle obtaining a legal opinion that said Myers should be the rightful opposition leader.

Perry stepped down last week and Myers now holds both the opposition and party leadership.

All five MLAs presented a united front as they took turns addressing the media after each of their critic areas was announced and there was a lot of talk about working as a team.

When it came to questions about caucus unity, Myers said the Conservative MLAs all cared about the areas they represent and cared about doing the jobs they were given.

“If I had a hockey team that had that much in common I’d be laughing,” he said.

When Crane stepped to the podium, she said she was happy to still be able to represent Islanders.

“There’s many issues in many different areas to hold government accountable,” she said.

As for her role in the caucus now that she is no longer the PC Party or opposition leader, Crane said she has always taken the view that the MLAs were all part of a team.

“We have a great team,” she said.

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  • Captain Canuck
    February 21, 2013 - 09:51

    Mr. Myers, I trust you scan these comments or have your people do it. I would vote for you if you could keep your role at the next provincial election. At the last provincial election you shoved your foot in it at least once and looked like a rookie hack. This appointment for you has shown that you're not the sound-bite that came across on TV, but a political animal that is respected by the pack. Your greatest ally is Robert Ghiz. Do what you can to keep him at the Liberal helm and you'll get a lot of disgruntled Liberal votes like mine. Who knows, I might just get to like the Tory policies!

  • Jeff town
    February 21, 2013 - 09:48

    I am sure thatthe many blogs that have been sent inand will be sent today will come from Liberals. Iam a Liberal andIhave to say that the comments about Myer's appearance and the way he combs his hair and so on is not productive at all. I hope that the Torys don't start picking on McKinnley for his looks .I can just hear them say at least our guy combs his hair and changes his clothes more than once a year. So lets stop that silly talk and be more creative.

  • Former PC
    February 21, 2013 - 08:16

    This does not show unity at all. The deep divides are only self evident. The party is now in the hands of the Harper Conservatives and PC;s are clearly just along for the ride and to give the Harper Conservatives some cover. Like Olive said she is not a Harper Conservative. I am no longer able to find a home in the local party and will be voting NDP in the next election.

  • billy
    February 21, 2013 - 07:35

    Hey as a member of the party,where do I sign up for this Laurel and Hardy show! Myers(Oliver Hardy)seems just perfect for this fiasco and the ol' Ghizmeister is smiling all the way to the bank people! Nice pic of the team whom look SSSOOOO excited to be there!!!hahahahah

    • Carbo
      February 21, 2013 - 08:48

      Ghiz is not smiling too broadly. In fact I do not see him anywhere. He might have gone to the bank but he has lots of trouble brewing. Homburg? Anyone? Anyone have any Homburg? Anywhere?

    February 20, 2013 - 22:22

    TO tim tonkin;your comment is cruel and im-mature.hopefully you are not speaking on be-half of all urban peoples.you sound like a person who is full of him-self and just waiting for a chance to be ingnorant on or anywhere you please.im sure you have a-lot of enemies instead of friends;grow -up your not in school anymore.you BULLY!!!! THANK -HEAVENS!!!!

  • far side character in charge
    February 20, 2013 - 21:42

    Now that The Far Side character Myers is in charge of the PORK CHOPS, I'm sure the LIEBERALS are quaking in their boots. PEI needs to give up trying to be a separate province. We will only continue to get idiots like Binns, Ghiz, Myers, MacKinley, etc.

  • don
    February 20, 2013 - 21:32

    PC Leader Steven Myers what a joke dizzy will eat you up and spit you out. you are NO leader all you are is a yes boy for the back room want to be's. and you all put on a good front united LOL.

  • Waynedrops
    February 20, 2013 - 21:03

    I vote for J Dan Aiken to be leader... He knows it all!!!

    • J Dan Aiken
      February 21, 2013 - 14:24

      Thanks. You're going to love my policy platform.

  • Gman
    February 20, 2013 - 19:47

    Backroom politics, patronage and greed has left PEI in shambles, the Libs & PCs are just two sides if the same coin. Most political sponsors have their claws in both parties and the only thing that changes is who lines up at the trough. Time for a change, what do you have to loose? The province couldn't be in worse shape...The PCs nor the Libs care about you, there's no work here and they don't care, people are leaving in droves, Alberton & Tignish are ghost towns already and PEI's tax base is quickly eroding. Who's going to be left to support all these retirees coming up?

  • Right Person for Job
    February 20, 2013 - 19:13

    Steven Myers has shown passion for Islanders since the first moment he stepped into the Legislature. PEI needs someone who will stand up to Robert Ghiz's antics and he is the man to do that. I will be interested to see who comes forward for the Official Tory Leadership - but for the time being the Opposition is in the right hands.

  • Alot
    February 20, 2013 - 17:35

    A lot of concerned NDP and Liberals on this comment page. The page has been turned....suck it up..

  • NDP for me
    February 20, 2013 - 17:29

    ...believe me there is still lots of division...the biggest line is between the old backroom and the majority of the rest of the Island tories !! The second line is between the voters and the MLA's that they elected who then bent over for the backroom!!

  • johnny cash
    February 20, 2013 - 17:17

    Who shadows the PNP file? Is it tabu now?

    • Under Lying?
      February 21, 2013 - 06:23

      This is perhaps the best question (or implication) of the postings so far. If there's nobody positioned to call out Plan B, HST, and PNP it looks like the same people who influence/control the Ghiz Government has now secured it's interests in the "new" PC party?

  • wow
    February 20, 2013 - 16:12

    i'll try again. Ohh boy!

  • Twiggy
    February 20, 2013 - 15:42

    Vote NDP! The two party system is an illusion.

  • Chester Field
    February 20, 2013 - 14:19

    Makes my heart warm to know that my tax dollars are funding this dog and pony show....

  • don
    February 20, 2013 - 14:16

    Myers i and i am sure many islanders trust you as far as they would trust a rattle snake. i' would NEVER VOTE for the pc's as long as the truth as to who is in back of the pnp cover up in the PC party. and are you willing to open the PNP books fully IF you got in as head of PEI?

  • Bertie
    February 20, 2013 - 14:15

    I have tried to be objective about Mr. Myers since it became clear that he is the point man for the traditionalist true blue elite coup. I tried to put aside his protege role under the tutelage of Mike Currie and prove myself wrong. What I have heard is standard Islandese politicspeak, the kind of mainstream political party blithering and balthering that amounts to nothing more than an anthem for those itching to get their necks back up to the trough. For some of the old Tory hacks the biggest question is will they ever get to lead cash grabs and scams as huge as Robert Ghiz has done. That is all this is about, getting the Tory MLAs back into the traditional way of doing debt driving, program crushing patronage politics. After 45 elections it is time to say farewell to the old and red and blue. Time to vote NDP!!!

    February 20, 2013 - 13:50

    My Gog! This is earth shattering news.I know this is a slow news day, but gimme a break! I would rather hear that Farmer Browns' cow had a calf. It's incredible that Meyers tries to turn a debacle into - “This is a positive thing for us and we’ll ensure that the Ghiz government is held accountable in the spring session and every session going forward,” he said. Going forward, aah, always it's going forward. At least he didn't say "clearly" a dozen times. To be kind, I would say at best this a "Shadowie Cabinet". Will this circus never stop? Speaking of circus, I understand Cirq De Soliel has laid off a bunch of clowns, maybe we can get them to come here. They are probably all on EI anyway and would fit right in.

  • tim tonkin
    February 20, 2013 - 13:44

    If Myers wants to be taken serious he needs a whole image make over. He needs to loose the greased back hair and 60 pounds . His look may go over in rural Kings county but he looks like a hill billy to the urban people of P.E.I.

    • image vs personality
      February 21, 2013 - 09:22

      Tim, it isn't just his dated, somewhat comical image. His personality leaves a lot to be desired too. My politics leans toward conservative (small c) but I also value politicians with decent oratorical and debating skills. Myers doesn't cut it and he's utterly rude every time he opens his mouth. The PC party of PEI won't be getting my vote until this current generation is replaced by some new, smarter, intellectual blood.

  • wow
    February 20, 2013 - 12:56

    Ohh Boy!

  • islander
    February 20, 2013 - 12:36

    Can you please find a better picture of this man. This one is not good. It looks like he just won a pie eating contest. He is better looking than this. Please do him justice!

    • another islander
      February 20, 2013 - 21:50

      LMFAO !!!! Look at the expressions of all the others too.... Hilarious. Kudos to The Guardian's photog for catching such a great candid shot of this motley crew for posterity. Let's face it, it is a time-honoured tradition among journalists to get in their digs at pols by publishing funny awkward photos of them. It's happened with Ghiz (remember the silly soup strainer?), and every premier before him, as well as opposition members. Keep it up Guardian!