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ALBERTON — Don’t expect to see Egmont MP Gail Shea’s name on the ballot when the Prince Edward Island Tories hold a leadership convention next fall.
Shea, a former District 27 Progressive Conservative MLA and provincial cabinet minister, now the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans, admits she has been approached about the leadership and she’s not interested.
“This will probably look bad when you print the headline: ‘Gail Shea says she’s not interested in the Conservative leadership,’ after everything that’s just went on this week,” she acknowledged, but insisted that was her position even before her neighbour, Hal Perry, quit the provincial PC caucus and joined up with the Liberals, and Olive Crane’s subsequent ejection from the Tory caucus.
“Oh, yeah, I’ve been approached several times but the answer’s always been the same. It’s ‘No, I’m not interested.’” MP Gail Shea
“Oh, yeah, I’ve been approached several times but the answer’s always been the same. It’s ‘No, I’m not interested,’” she stated.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of younger people out there, dynamic up-and-comers, who will step into that position,” Shea added.
Asked if she is aware of whom any of those up-and-comers are, she replied, “I might be.”