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Gilles Arsenault and Robert Gallant have announced they want to be the next Liberal candidate in the Prince County riding and take on Conservative Gail Shea in the next federal election.

Gilles Arsenault, Robert Gallant announce intention to run for nomination for Liberal party in Prince County riding

SUMMERSIDE — It’s now a race for the Liberal nomination in Egmont.

Educator Gilles Arsenault and Summerside businessman Robert Gallant have announced they want to be the next Liberal candidate in the Prince County riding and take on Conservative Gail Shea in the next federal election. The party made the announcement Friday night during a fundraising dinner at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.

Gallant says the federal government has been unfair to the region and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will help turn things around.

“I don’t think (Conservatives) are being fair to the Atlantic provinces,” Gallant said.

Veterans’ issues are a priority for Gallant.

“I think the way veterans have been treated is a big issue. That is another reason why I put my name in to run. My dad’s a veteran.”

Gallant began working at a restaurant in 1977, and 25 years ago he bought that restaurant. He has been involved with the Liberal Party for many years, working on the campaigns of Joe McGuire, Robert Maddix and Gerard Greenan. He is also past president of the District 24 Liberals and vice-president of the Egmont Liberals.

Arsenault said the concerns  being experienced in Egmont are the same throughout Canada.

“I think there are many issues, not only in Egmont, but throughout the country,” Arsenault said. “We’re looking at social justice issues. We’re looking at poverty. We’re looking at economic growth in different areas. We’re looking at women’s issues. We’re looking at First Nation issues. We’re looking at a variety of issues and Egmont is no different that any other jurisdiction.”

Arsenault is a high school educator, teaching his entire career at Evangeline School before becoming principal of the school. He is now president of the P.E.I. Teachers’ Federation.

The party will elect its next candidate in November.

More candidates are expected to come forward. The party is saying up to five candidates can be expected. Canadians go to the polls in October 2015.

Gallant acknowledged that Shea is a strong opponent, but he sees the government’s attitude towards Canadians as an issue that could bring her down.

“Bring back fairness and respect to the people that is one of the things that has to be done,” he said. “I think that her leader — the people are tired of her leader. That’s going to be an issue for her. Some of the choices that they made in the past, whether it be fair Elections Act and taking that away and changing it and making it harder for people to vote.”

Organizations: Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Liberal Party, Evangeline School P.E.I. Teachers

Geographic location: Egmont, Prince, SUMMERSIDE Canada

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  • JUST SAYING
    June 16, 2014 - 23:19

    Better hope a new candidate throws their name in the ring if you think you will take Gail Shea. Mr. Arsenault was not a very good representative of the teachers in the Federation. As a matter of fact, I would say over paid and useless.

  • PEI voter
    June 16, 2014 - 21:55

    Gilles Arsenault would be an excellent candidate for this position. He gets things done. He is a family man and is an excellent leader in all he undertakes. He doesnt sit around and wait for things to happen and would represent our riding fairly and with compasion.

    • Blind!!!
      June 16, 2014 - 22:46

      Have you not been following his nonexistent moves as a PEITF president lately? Yes; he got things done ; when he made a motion at the May meeting to change the rules so that he could continue to draw his 6 figure salary until the November nomination meeting! What a man!!!

  • Scott
    June 16, 2014 - 13:53

    Garth, put your name in t he ring. it would be very entertaining to watch you go down in the biggest electoral defeat in Island history. When your name is mentioned among the Tory brass, they to a person cringe. Doit Garth, put your name out there so you will know what the electorate thinks of you and your comments.

    • Garth Staples
      June 16, 2014 - 18:06

      I already did 2xs. Won one and lost won. That's batting 500. Not bad eh? I never was and am not intimidated by 'brass'. You must know that if you know anything. When will Arsenault resign from the Teachers' Union? That's what a person with integrity would do unless that person was a Liberal looking for an entitlement.

  • Garth Staples
    June 16, 2014 - 12:40

    As Islanders say," Well good luck anyway". LOL

  • apples
    June 16, 2014 - 11:47

    Don't worry Gilles , Mr. Ghiz will provide you with a job after your loss to Ms Shea. You may end up in his office much like the other losers.

  • A former teacher
    June 16, 2014 - 10:49

    I would never support Gilles Arsenault; after he kept his mouth shut when Ghiz and Wes broke a written contract and gutted the retired teachers plan! He also recently sent a letter out to the teachers directing them to remain quiet and not criticize his fellow Liberals in Ghiz and McIssac! If the Egmont Liberals want any chance to unseat Gail Shea; they had better not select this do-nothing little man!

  • randi
    June 16, 2014 - 09:06

    Neither Ghiz nor Justin had anything else to do , so for the power and the glory they went in their fathers' foot steps. Neither are particularly bright, but there are enough hacks and hangers on around them to try to make them look the part, and with the gift of the gab they mull through. The two candidates for the liberals in Egmont are just mouthing what they think people want to hear, they are in it for themselves, obviously, if they are willing to state Justin is going to do anything for the country . I have to say Shea has grown with the job, and look at the money PEI has received from the Feds. (blown by Ghiz, mind you). So I intend to send Shea back to Ottawa, and I hope the rest can see through Justin and his prattle and do the right thing.

  • Fair Minded Islander
    June 16, 2014 - 08:22

    Nice to see the Tory Trolls get up early on a Monday morning.

    • voter
      June 16, 2014 - 13:34

      anyone who is attached to a party is a wonder - why do people belittle themselves by saying they are a liberal or a conservative---- ----------

  • Prime Example
    June 16, 2014 - 08:02

    Reading this article really has me thinking . Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will help turn things around. For supposedly smart men (Educator & Business Man .) what are they thinking ? Can they not see what a spoon fed kid of former leader has done to PEI & it's future and what makes them think Justin will do any better than Robert , just on a bigger scale . Screw all of Canada , not just PEI .

    • don
      June 16, 2014 - 08:24

      i agree. Justin will pass the law that all drugs will be able to be sold in all stores like weed,acid,you name it. and if you think he will be for Canada you nuts. he already stated his number one place to look after is QUEBEC "NOT" CANADA. look at what he charged a non profit group just to talk. did he ever pay them back? and that is a leader that cares for canadian people no just the money. dear God think.

  • don
    June 16, 2014 - 07:46

    i would trust robert 1,000% ahead of the other guy as the other guy is looking out for him not the kids or teachers. that to me is a BACK STABBER. just think what he will do if elected lol a lot less then gail.

  • voter
    June 16, 2014 - 07:44

    i am tired of Gilles Arsenault already