P.E.I. man facing charges for threatening the life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan

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Wade MacLauchlan speaks to the Liberal leadership convention in Charlottetown Saturday. Today, police made an arrest after somebody threatened the life of the P.E.I. premier.

A Prince Edward Island man is facing charges of threatening the life of newly minted Premier Wade MacLauchlan, The Guardian has learned.

The RCMP arrested the man Thursday. He will be in court Friday before a justice of the peace to face charges of threatening the life of the premier as well as possession of weapons and possession of drugs.

The man, sources indicate, is from Hunter River.

A spokeswoman for the RCMP confirmed there had been an arrest but would not confirm the charges the individual is facing or the name of that individual.

A spokeswoman for Premier MacLauchlan said late Thursday that they rely on the RCMP to handle matters relating to the safety and security of the premier. She added that because it is before the courts, the premier’s office would have no further comment at this time.

MacLauchlan, 60, was only sworn in as premier on Monday.

In addition to his role as premier, MacLauchlan is also serving as minister of finance and energy, intergovernmental affairs minister, as well as minister responsible for Aboriginal affairs and Acadian and Francophone affairs.

The Yale University graduate was named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Prince Edward Island. He’s also P.E.I.’s first openly gay premier, and only the second in Canada behind Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

On Thursday, MacLauchlan was at Bedford MacDonald House, P.E.I.’s only homeless shelter for men. He announced $25,000 in additional funding. That has been MacLauchlan’s only public event since being sworn in as premier on Monday.

MacLauchlan has a “special announcement” planned for Friday night in Covehead. MacLauchlan is expected to announce that he will run as a candidate in District 9, York-Oyster Bed. That is the district he calls home.

Up until Monday, Transportation Minister Robert Vessey held the seat. Vessey is now MacLauchlan’s chief of staff.











Organizations: RCMP, The Guardian, Acadian and Francophone affairs.The Yale University Bedford MacDonald House

Geographic location: Edward Island, Hunter River, Canada Ontario Covehead

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Recent comments

  • Laurence
    February 27, 2015 - 21:17

    Negative, negative, negative! Not only is this story and situation horrendous, but every comment regarding the new premier is as well - give the guy a break! I lived in PEI for a while recently and it reminded me of how backward and closed minded people really are on the island. Reading the comments in response to this article I have NEVER met a network of people so negative towards others in my entire life! I have travelled the globe and back again and the general populous in PEI needs to put on glasses, open their ears and learn what the rest of the world is up to. With such a closed minded, myopic view of the world in the 21st century no wonder the island is in such a horrible state. They want the "foreign" tourist dollar but they loathe the diversity in people, the customs, the sexuality and the skin colour. This very environment produces the individual that threatened The Premier. Are you worried about ISIS? It seems to be in your community! Wake up! Oh and by the way boy....I'm an islander!

  • Bobby Jhizz
    February 27, 2015 - 20:24

    Let Wade serve the island and give the guy a chance,maybe Wright had it out for the former premier who swampped this is into generations and generations of debt.

  • Want more info
    February 27, 2015 - 09:12

    The first two paragraphs are news, the rest of the article is just an advertisement for Wade from his cheerleaders. I want to know more about the threat against our government, not about who Wade has dinner with when he goes home. Was the person actively planning something? Did the person show up to an event and make a disturbance? Were they mentally ill? Did Wade know the person prior to this threat? Focus on the story. It's an important one.

    February 27, 2015 - 08:28

    Typical ! We finally get a man that may right the wrongs of the Binns regime (Ghiz failed miserably) and some wing nut threatens to take him out . I see Wade as another Danny Williams , obviously not in it for the money , I believe he will improve things for every Sad Sack on this Island ,fisher ,farmer and bottlewasher !For crying out loud people , give him a chance ! Hold back on the critical cracks till he has 4 years behind him . ( God willing )

    • don
      February 27, 2015 - 10:57

      remember ghiz was great when he 1st started but then a short time down the road he went to hell. and if you think wade will be any diff then you need help.

  • Islander 1
    February 27, 2015 - 08:24

    This is just terrible what is this world coming too.

  • de udder guy
    February 27, 2015 - 08:10

    Island advice - pretty heady description of a guy who has been in power for five days and made his mark spending other peoples money at UPEI. He may also prove himself to be like so many other premiers who are immediately subverted by some power, rule by fear, lies and bullying back room tactics and uses the provincial coffers to plunder for his friends and cronies. 50/50 no???

    • don
      February 27, 2015 - 11:04

      if he really wants to be a leader of the people then let him open the books on the PNP i mean the REAL BOOKS not the fake ones show us he wants the truth from government.but we all know this will never happen as he must toe the line of the boys that put him in power. you must remember the guy that put him in power can take him out of office

    • To don
      February 27, 2015 - 22:06

      I am assuming the books you are talking about are the ones that you think the RCMP must have hidden after they were paid off? The problem with conspiracies is the fact that if there is no evidence. It just strengthens the idea that there is a conspiracy to get rid of the evidence

  • Harry
    February 27, 2015 - 06:47

    I'm not a fan politically of Wade -but this guy who did this needs to be severly punished.

  • de udder guy
    February 26, 2015 - 21:47

    Just another person with a mental illness.

  • Unacceptable
    February 26, 2015 - 21:40

    Mr MacLaughlan, for no reason does anyone have the right to threaten another human being for ANY reason. IF this person threatened the Premiers life because he is a Homosexual, lock him/her up and throw away the key. We are already the laughing stock in Canada because of what we let our government do to us. Keep your chin up Mr. Premier.

  • mfneill
    February 26, 2015 - 20:53

    Although i really dont support mr.premier wade.Really this is not called for & i hope this person is brought to justice wade sure does not deserve this.Please give him the chance he deserves. Thanks!!

    • in my opinion
      February 26, 2015 - 22:14

      Even if he or his predecessor is/was a bad Premier it does not give anyone the right to threaten another's life.

  • bilderberg
    February 26, 2015 - 19:45

    Good story, but what does the fact that Premier Wade MacLauchlan is openly gay have to do with it.....

  • How the ?????
    February 26, 2015 - 18:01

    Is someone like this guy with all the jobs he holds besides Premier going to keep P.E.I. on track,lol.

    • Islandvice
      February 26, 2015 - 23:21

      Are you? Here's a man who takes on difficult challenges and expects public scrutiny and critisizm. Until you personally take the first step to understand how our basic system of government works, and make a few sacrifices yourself, you might learn something. You'll begin to see why Wade might prove himself to be one of the best premieres we've seen in decades. A man who takes the most difficult portfolio, will find the mistakes, understand our financial challenges... and lead well.

    • Den
      February 27, 2015 - 18:32

      That's pretty big talk considering Wade hasn't even warmed up his office chair yet. Like some of the other comments say, let's wait until his 4 years are up (if he gets elected) then we can either open the champagne or start the mud slingin'.