Robert Morrissey enters Egmont race

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Morrissey joins Gilles Arsenault and Robert Gallant in running for Liberal nomination for Prince County riding

Robert Morrissey

ALBERTON — An 18-year veteran of P.E.I. provincial politics, Robert Morrissey, has confirmed he has submitted his papers seeking to be a candidate for the Egmont Liberal nomination.

The party’s Egmont nomination meeting is scheduled for Nov. 22 at Hernewood Intermediate School in Woodstock.

That’s the very venue where the Seacow Pond resident won the party’s nomination in November 2007. He withdrew his nomination nine months later.

Much has changed since then, Morrissey said during a weekend interview.

“The big thing is, back in 2008, we had not seen how (Conservatives leader Stephen) Harper would govern the country and, now, after watching him govern the country, I fundamentally disagree with his vision of Canada,” Morrissey commented. “That’s significantly different.”

Morrissey, who will turn 60 just days before the nomination meeting, declared that the social side of federal spending has been eroded under the Harper government. “That impact is magnified in a rural riding like Egmont,” he stressed.

Morrissey admitted he had become disillusioned with the federal Liberals’ direction in 2008, but said he now finds the party much more focused under Justin Trudeau.

“Their agenda will be clearer coming into this election and candidates will have input into an election platform and that’s what excites me about this, the opportunity to lobby for and to promote issues that I strongly believe in.”

The Nov. 22 nomination meeting, which already has two candidates green-lighted to seek the Liberal ticket in Egmont, leads into a federal election next year. Gilles Arsenault and Robert Gallant are also vying for the nomination.

“I truly want to see Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party become the Government of Canada,” Morrissey said, “because I just feel the Liberal Party will offer a fairer agenda on social programming, and we depend on that.”

Morrissey was first elected to the P.E.I. legislature in 1982 to represent the riding of First Prince. He was named minister of Transportation and Public Works four years later. In 1989 he became minister of Industry and subsequently took on additional responsibilities as minister responsible for the redevelopment of CFB Summerside.

In 1993 he was named minister of Economic Development and Tourism. He served in opposition from 1996 to 2000 in the new single-member riding of Tignish-Deblois. Since 2000 he has worked as a private consultant specializing in corporate and government relations. He has also represented clients in the procurement of P.E.I. seafood.

Something else has changed since 2008, Morrissey said. “Some of my harshest critics when I withdrew in 2008 have also been my strongest lobbyists and supporters to seek the nomination.”

Ever since the 2008 federal election, Morrissey said, he has been asked continually to re-enter the race. He said that movement really picked up steam in January and February of this year.

He related a discussion he held with a supporter on the need to turf the Conservative government. ‘You can do something about it,’ he recalls the supporter saying. ‘You can run.’ He subsequently sought support of party members before submitting his application.

“To remove Harper, it’s one seat at a time,” Morrissey reflected.

Organizations: Hernewood Intermediate School, Liberal Party, Public Works

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Prince Woodstock.That

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  • Jungle George
    September 02, 2014 - 20:45

    Does this also mean that he agrees that smoking the weed should be legal and that women school have the right (no questions asked) to abort their babies ,because if not he cannot be accepted as a candidate ! so say king .Justin

  • townie2
    September 02, 2014 - 19:40

    lol!! i'm starting to detect some panic and desperation in some of the comments. he did a lot for Western PEI when he was in Provincial politics, why wouldn't he in Federal?

  • upwest proud
    September 02, 2014 - 19:38

    Morrissey left the race when it became apparent that Gail Shea would win, she will do it again this time, we have never had as good a MP as Gail. Look at the harbours, look at the roads and community centers, did I mention the arenas and sports fields. No one...no one has done as much for us as this women has.

  • david
    September 02, 2014 - 16:07

    Not sure if this is good idea for the Liberals. Someone new would be better then someone who is from the past. Justin is a new young leader with his own ideas and having an anchor like and old 80's politician is not maybe the best thing for the party or the riding.

  • politicalobserver
    September 02, 2014 - 15:33

    poor Garth Staples....I think he still is quite jealous and upset from the 1993 federal election where Liberal Wayne Easter beat him, Garth Staples, by a margin of 61% - 31%.

  • bulldog
    September 02, 2014 - 12:23

    I suggest that he read this article as.it clearly evident that he is in agreement will Prince Justin. How many more people will be killed on our highways with drivers using the weeeeed.How many more babies will die from abortion. Keep up good work Gail, Robert had no vision for the Island when he was a member.

    • Jon
      September 02, 2014 - 13:29

      Thanks Garth, good to see you're still out there

  • history
    September 02, 2014 - 11:19

    I will not under any circumstances vote for Justin. Having lived with Robert for all these years, and observed his ineptness and arrogance, I cannot imagine repeating the same mistake on a national level. So Gail, you are my "man", keep up the good work.

  • MFH
    September 02, 2014 - 10:58

    This is a great day for Egmont riding. We will now have a representative who cares about the riding and it's people.

    • Garth Staples
      September 02, 2014 - 13:23

      With the re-election of Gail Shea.

    • JUST SAYING
      September 02, 2014 - 15:21

      What has Robert Morrissey ever done for Egmont? Do you know how much money Gail has brought to your riding? Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.Anything West Prince ever got was because of Bob Campbell. Morrissey is no Bob Campbell. Remember the 7% soluton?

  • UPWESTER
    September 02, 2014 - 10:48

    All the provincial unions disagree with Morrisey's vision of Canada as well.He says he disagrees with Harpers' vision of Canada and he also said he was disallusioned with the Liberals direction. Maybe he should run for Mulcair and the NDP if he is so interested in social matters because the NDP is the only party that is interested in social matters. Stay retired Robert, no one missed you.

  • What Are You Kidding
    September 02, 2014 - 10:18

    Candidates will have input into an election platform and that’s what excites me about this . Just where did this come from ????? All I have seen so far with Trudeau is it's my way or the highway . I must be missing something .

  • stupid voter
    September 02, 2014 - 08:42

    vote for JUSTIN !!!! vote for ghiz !!!!! i did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!