P.E.I. Liberals gearing up for the next election

Teresa Wright
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Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey ran uncontested for the Liberal nomination for York-Oyster Bed Wednesday night.

If you believed it was too early to start thinking about the next provincial election — think again.

The Liberal party of P.E.I. held its first nomination convention Wednesday night in District 9 York-Oyster Bed, where Robert Vessey, who is currently transportation minister, ran uncontested.

Over 300 members and the full Liberal caucus were in attendance.

Premier Robert Ghiz said it may seem early to be starting the nomination process, but with pervasive rumours circulating that the federal government may go to the polls earlier than planned, his party wants to be ready for the next campaign.

“If (the feds) go early, we stay on schedule for the fall of 2015, which really isn’t that far away, so we want to start getting ready and organized,” Ghiz said.

Election dates provincially and federally are fixed by way of legislation, yet a certain amount of uncertainty remains about exactly when the next elections will be held.

The federal government’s fixed election date is scheduled less than two weeks after P.E.I.’s date in October of 2015.

The province felt it would be onerous on election volunteers and the public to have two separate major election campaigns underway simultaneously. That’s why government passed legislation this spring to back the provincial election to the spring of the following year if a federal and provincial election overlaps, as they are scheduled to next year.

However, the legislation did include the proviso that if there were no simultaneous federal election, the original fixed election date would be used.

That means if the feds go early, Islanders will be going to the polls in October 2015.

Two more Liberal nomination conventions are planned in the coming weeks for Districts 24 and 5, currently held by Sonny Gallant and Alan McIsaac. More nominations are also planned for the fall.

“It might seem early, but I think it’s important for us as a party to be ready,” said Liberal party president Ewan Clark.

“In this day and age, you really are never out of the spotlight on various issues and campaigning and fundraising for the next election at any time, so it’s an ongoing process.”

Ghiz pointed to the fact Saskatchewan is in the same boat as P.E.I. with its fixed election dates and passed legislation almost identical to P.E.I.’s. It began nominating candidates some time ago, Ghiz said.

“For us, it’s important to get them done and get organized.”

And the Liberals are not the only ones gearing up for the next election.

The provincial NDP is launching an Island-wide ad campaign to try to connect with Islanders.

Party leader Mike Redmond says he has a number of candidates ready to announce.

“The party is debt free and bringing in many donations for a full scale election campaign. Over the next few weeks we want every Islander to know that their input is valued. It is a message we will carry through to the next election.”

The Progressive Conservative party has said it will hold its leadership convention in the fall.

Geographic location: District 9 York-Oyster Bed, Saskatchewan, Iceland

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  • sammy
    May 25, 2014 - 09:13

    The only time I ever hear or saw Buck Watts was when he wanted to be re-elected. Over 7 years he came around twice and I have never heard him say anything or do anything while representing me. All that money for absolutely nothing. Don't come knocking at my door again.. you are no longer welcome.. just retire

  • Politicians have no balls
    May 25, 2014 - 08:28

    Wow 300 supporters what closet did Ghiz and Sheridan pull those dummies from,maybe they were PNP supporters from the good old days hoping to fill their pockets again,I'm not voting or my family because all parties are just lining their own pockets,politics years ago was for the people and back then people came first,today we are treated like sheep going to slaughter, and don't get me started on immigration...while our own people have to move elsewhere to survive.I would not want to be a politician going door to door this time for votes,there is a lot of angry taxpayers out there folks (just beware ).

  • The Lebanon goatherder
    May 24, 2014 - 21:11

    Wow 300 liberal supporters where did Ghiz pull those maniken from,I cannot believe there is still that many liberal dummies out there the numbers are shocking the way this island has been ravished by the Liberals...our own people and families are leaving here for a better life elsewhere and the Liberals are only worry about how many immigrants they can have on this island its not about us islanders its all about the immigrants,and I could go on for days about the wasteful spending and the screw up list goes on and on,I will NEVER vote Liberal EVER, I hope Redmond will get hid head out of the sand and get out there do what has to be done to try and fix this Liberal mess that Ghiz and his useless cronies created....just sickening.

  • Lloyd
    May 24, 2014 - 13:46

    Olive Crane please start a new party. You seem to be the only honest person in politics on the Island. I will vote for you as will many more.

  • Shad shaker
    May 23, 2014 - 20:47

    Hard to take some of the comments seriously. Of some of the posters had any sort of education on the world or history, it is hard to consider the Ghiz government as the worst possible. Government . You folks don't know what a corrupt oppressive government is. So much for the PEI educational system.

    • reality
      May 24, 2014 - 04:45

      thank you ,Mr. Ghiz

  • Stan Hope
    May 23, 2014 - 20:28

    My hunch is a great majority of those screaming for change & those chronic complainers are so lazy that they won't even take the time to get out & vote when an election is called. It's far easier for you to sit at your computer spewing forth rather than getting off your collective ass's & marking a ballot.

  • voter
    May 23, 2014 - 14:05

    Not sure how the 3 stooges of the PC party would even have a chance against the governing Liberals

    • foeget the tories
      May 23, 2014 - 16:25

      "ABL" Anything But Liberal! This is the worst government in Canada's history let alone PEI's. Start thinking outside the box.

  • Frankie
    May 23, 2014 - 09:15

    My family is all liberal...next election we will vote against them. Corrupt to the core. I was a member of the party and heard the lies first hand, oh the dirt, just wait until the election is called, the dirty little secrets will be revealed! Stay tuned and hold on to your hats!!!

  • I See
    May 23, 2014 - 08:52

    I see by this article that there is still 300 complete fools in this district . What a SHAME that these PE Islanders can't get their brains to function . With the way this government has raised our debt & raised every fee possible in the last few years . I just can't understand how someone that God gave a brain too would ever show their face as a Liberal or PC . NDP isn't any better . A new beginning is required & non of these parties provide it . We need Olive or someone like her to save our bacon , certainty not Robert or MacAdam . They have both proven their mind sets in regards to the working people of PEI . Praying for a new start & real upset .

  • donnald
    May 23, 2014 - 08:27

    Of course he would hang in there, he never had it so good,-- and acclamation of a sitting candidate is a tradition for the liberal party. I sure hope everybody that can crawl will come out in opposition to this man who presided over the most devastating environmental project ever in this province, not to mention the waste of money. He is a total disgrace, - along with his leader, we must make it a priority to get rid of both, if we are to look our children and grand children in the eye.

    • voter
      May 23, 2014 - 17:29

      olive is a politician --we need real sincere people to run for office not a political type-she had shadowy meetings in the park, she couldn't follow up on the pnp because her own party was involved-------- haven't politicians shown their faulty multiple personalities enough with party puppetry, promises, lies,more ,promises,lies and more lies-add on pnp's and perks, and pork, and patronage and propped-up pensions,and patronage and POLITICAL corruption -THE LAST THING WE NEED IS another promising politician

  • Peter
    May 23, 2014 - 08:20

    Is there not a smart person who can oppose this disgraceful administration, --- this PLAN B bully, - ---- WE NEED YOU BADLY,

  • Heather
    May 23, 2014 - 08:17

    Please NDP get going, I cannot, and neither can my friends, bear any more of this liberal government, - total disrespect for everything and everybody, a crony administration if there ever was one,. All proper procedures ignored, ad hoc administration and decision making, done by stupid people. High time to get them out before everybody begins to think that this how things should be run.

  • NO WAY NEVER NEVER
    May 23, 2014 - 08:15

    The PEI liberal government is the scum of the earth. with arrogant Bob and trust me Wes they have proven that things can get worse no matter how low you go. If you want all you family and friends to leave to survive then vote for this duo again and watch the Island be destroyed beyond saving.

  • augustus
    May 23, 2014 - 08:10

    PLAN B, government waste, influence peddling recipient, and general department disarray= Vessey. Star candidate???????Eh?

  • paul
    May 23, 2014 - 08:07

    300 hundred people, ???? Who came up with that figure, - mostly it was staff and hangers on, - not streams of supporters, - so for those who vote like sheep, - don't be fooled, support for the liberals is not abundant, - make up your own mind, not based on liberal rhetoric.

  • ralph
    May 23, 2014 - 08:03

    It is time for a change, as simple as that, - anything but these robots, - and the excuse for a LEADER - this circus and these clowns have had their run at us, --- time for relief from their appression.

  • indigo
    May 23, 2014 - 07:49

    YES , there is alternatives to the two old parties, neither of which have respected the average person, e.g. MacAdam etc. and the PNP Liberals, who continue to rob us blind with increasing taxes at every turn, - along with their patronage performances and arrogance. Let's give the NDP/Greeen Party a try, it cannot be any worse than what we have now. Wake up Islanders, don't let the rich buy the election too, - only by realizing that we are pawns in this game, and do something about it, can we stop the slavery. :Let's stand together for change, -

  • its time
    May 23, 2014 - 07:43

    Its time that the NDP get off their butts and start talking about what matter to voters. THEY just may have a chance this time. Or steven myres gets out of the conservative party. Or lord help us 4 more years of this s**it

    • don
      May 23, 2014 - 09:39

      what we need is the members of the pc party to VOTE OUT the back room baby bullies. then the party will have a chance and as far as myers well maybe he will cut the strings and be a man not a puppet. olive cut the strings and the bully babies put her out. if the pc party was the only name on the ballot i would vote for the 2nd one.

    • Well Under Way
      May 23, 2014 - 11:02

      Check out Richard Raiswell CBC Mainstreet commentary for an accurate picture of how well the NDP is doing. The NDP is on the issues. provoking debate, campaigning Island wide and recruiting great candidates. We need change and there can be none from either red or blue. Those deals are already done. We need NDP MLAs and we will get them after the next election.

  • NON LIBERAL
    May 23, 2014 - 06:20

    No way in hell will I vote liberal. They don't care about islanders. The liberals only care about saving their own jobs within the govt. look at the number of mla's here for starters. All these extra mla's haven't done a damn thing for me. Get these liberals out of there!!!

  • another voter
    May 23, 2014 - 06:09

    Not welcome at my door either!!

  • valued ?
    May 23, 2014 - 05:59

    Where they come up with that delusional statement every Islander is valued ?

  • Eileen Dover
    May 23, 2014 - 05:58

    I hope the NDP and the Greens are plotting a strategy together and not running candidates against each other. They are the parties of the future. The Conservatives are in disarray and the Liberals are just plain poison.

    • Delusion check
      May 23, 2014 - 11:07

      Mike Redmond and the NDP are going full blast, making an impact, and second in the polls for over a year now. Greens are nowhere to be seen. If you want change vote NDP, Do not reward sloth and help the Liberals and Tories by worrying about something that is not happening. Focus on a change that can and will happen.

  • D'Arcy Horton
    May 23, 2014 - 05:41

    Please Islanders, it's time for a change. Nothing the Liberal government has done in term tenure has done anything to help me or my family.

    • ex liberal
      May 23, 2014 - 05:51

      I have always voted liberal Due to my recent experiances.I will certainally NOT this time . No respect for humans ,lives or respect . They will also get door shut in there face if any liberal canadates come to my door . The lack of care or assistance to Islands most vunerable is deplorable and a degrading experiance .

  • voter
    May 23, 2014 - 05:14

    you are not welcome at my door -- you will be told when you get here -