CBC P.E.I. anchor says he turned down request to run for PC leadership

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No one has yet put their name forward for the permanent leadership of the Progressive Conservative party, but operatives within the party have been busy trying to round up candidates.

CBC Charlottetown’s suppertime news anchor Bruce Rainnie was approached last fall.

Rumours the CBC personality was considering running for the Tory leadership have been making the rounds in political circles and coffee shops for months.

Rainnie admits he was approached, unsolicited, in September.

He turned the offer down.

“It’s not something I ever considered,” Rainnie said in an interview with The Guardian.

He says he took about six weeks before he gave them an answer, which may have been what fuelled rumours he was seriously considering the job.

“It’s never something I saw myself doing, to be honest,” he said.

“Anytime you get an offer that’s potentially attractive in life, I think you owe it to everybody, both yourself and the people making the offer, to respect it and think about it. And when I thought about it, it was a no-brainer to keep doing what I’m doing.”

This is not the first time Rainnie has been asked to run for the PC leadership. He says he was also approached four years ago.

This time, he felt it was important to speak publicly about it because he wants to retain non-partisan neutrality in his work.

Rainnie is not the first well-known Island personality the PC party has asked to run for the leadership.

Celebrity sportscaster and former NHL coach Doug MacLean has also been approached and has stated publicly he is considering a run for the leadership.

But MacLean has also admitted he has never been involved with the party and would have to make a big change in his current living situation - he lives in Florida, commutes to Toronto for work and only spends time in P.E.I. in the pleasant summer months.

Meanwhile, a year after Myers was voted interim party leader, no one has yet officially put their name forward as a candidate for permanent leadership.

A leadership convention was announced for fall of 2014, but with the provincial election still two-and-a-half years away, some party insiders believe it would be better to wait until closer to the 2016 vote before holding a leadership convention.

Party sources tell The Guardian a handful of people have indicated interest in launching a serious bid for the job, but are waiting until closer to the election before announcing anything publicly.



Organizations: CBC, Tory, NHL

Geographic location: Iceland, Florida, Toronto

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  • Garth Staples
    March 02, 2014 - 16:42

    The story is a nice cover.

  • Laughing
    March 02, 2014 - 16:08

    I nominate Jason Lee, Dennis King, Murray Murphy or Geoff Connolly...

  • don
    March 02, 2014 - 14:49

    they had a good leader but the back room boys need a leader like they have now that will bend down and kiss there feet. and mrs crane would not nor would pat mella so they had to get them out. come next election i can see the only pc getting in is mrs crane. and the rest is all done. then the voters in the party needs to clean house BIG TIME. till they do the pc's on PEI is done. it does not matter who get get in we all know they only want a puppet up front but the orders are done in the back room.

    • LA
      March 03, 2014 - 09:46

      I have a distinct feeling you wouldn't know either way. None of your other posts have been rational or factual in any regard and are full of imaginary complaints that don't stand up to the reality test.

  • Kevin
    March 02, 2014 - 10:28

    Come on now, 6 weeks?? They eventually need that position FILLED you know

  • Billy
    March 02, 2014 - 09:48

    I very much doubt anyone at CBC or CTV are Tory material, so they can stop looking there. My opinion is based on what I view on their channels.

    • Agree!!!
      March 02, 2014 - 20:36

      I agree with your comments fully!!!!

  • guardian reader
    March 01, 2014 - 18:23

    Rannie just another CBC Liberal Ron Maclean proved this on his pot shot at Stephen Harper prior to Olympics hockruy Game

  • Sou'Wester
    March 01, 2014 - 18:20

    He says he took about six weeks before he gave them an answer, which may have been what fuelled rumours he was seriously considering the job. “It’s never something I saw myself doing, to be honest,” he said So if he wasn't considering running, what took him 6 weeks to respond?

  • Im a non voter
    March 01, 2014 - 18:19

    Well Conservatives get your ducks in order,it's time to get different looking pigs at the political trough,since the liberals are all toughed out, time to book out those liberal pigs,just pigs.

  • Curling fan
    March 01, 2014 - 16:52

    The caonservatives can have him!

  • Laughing
    March 01, 2014 - 15:48

    Mike Duffy and Pam Wallen worked out well for the PCs now didn't it? Good on you, Bruce for turning it down.

  • No Brainer
    March 01, 2014 - 15:42

    Senator Duffy! He can be a permanent resident then! Conservative! Perfect Choice!

  • I thought CBC was a liberal parking lot?
    March 01, 2014 - 14:27

    The Conservatives (if thats what they call themselves now) are really struggling except the saboteurs of Crane where three got Harper appointments.

  • Joe Doe
    March 01, 2014 - 13:38


  • voter
    March 01, 2014 - 13:27

    glad you have GUARDED your positive principles and values !! politicians lose their friends and principles quickly !!!