Premier Wade MacLauchlan says he plans to run in next election

Teresa Wright
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P.E.I.’s next provincial election is over three years away, but Premier Wade MacLauchlan has already decided he will try for a second term.

During The Guardian’s year-end interview with the premier, MacLauchlan revealed he has big plans for the province that he hopes will carry him into a second mandate.

“Yes, I intend to run again in 2019,” he said.

“Our government has a robust agenda to work with Islanders on numerous strategic priorities that will help to ensure a sustainable future for our province.”

But don’t expect to see him speaking in campaign slogans anytime soon.

After a busy year of elections in P.E.I. and in Canada, MacLauchlan says his attention is currently fixed on moving forward with a number of big files he expects to tackle over the next year, including balancing the budget, developing an energy strategy for the province and holding a plebiscite on electoral reform.

“We are focused on our current mandate to carry out this important work and will remain committed to the best interests of Islanders as we work together.”

MacLauchlan sat down with The Guardian last week for a one-on-one, hour-long interview about the year that was in Island politics in 2015.

He fielded questions on a variety of topics, including the Liberal leadership, the provincial election and a number of hot button issues he has faced since taking office, including e-gaming and abortion.

The interview will air in two parts on Eastlink TV.

Part one airs tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., and part two will air Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.

Exclusive online-only content from the interview is now available on The Guardian’s website.

A full Q&A from the interview with MacLauchlan will be published in the print and e-edition of The Guardian on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Organizations: The Guardian

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Iceland

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  • Disgraceful
    December 23, 2015 - 14:47

    This new Prmeier is making a bad mistake not dealing with the past corruption. Lets not forget Ministers in his cabinet were there when all this egaming scandal was staged, plus when the PNP made a laughting stock of PEI in North America. To say we are moving ahead and not dealing with the past corruption is disgraceful.. Did not take Wade long to start thinking and acting like them. Just remember Wade waht goes around comes around, why in hell should we the taxpayer pay the one million plus because the Government screwed up. The ones who caused this should pay back not us the hard working Islanders. You had better take a hard look at this one . You and Roche passing it on to the Auditor General, hoping see acts like you say, just may backfire on you. I hope she remembers her oath of office and does her duty, which I have believe she will do.

  • the vote
    December 22, 2015 - 09:51

    Anyone can run for election......question is will he get voted back!

    • don
      December 22, 2015 - 10:22

      ill vote him the same as i did ghiz ZERO i want a poor man in that knows what it is like to be poor. so far all we have had is guys with money. what is needed is if they want to run for the leader of this island they must live like the rest of islanders for one year going to the food bank etc to live.

    • Who Would Beat Him?
      December 22, 2015 - 11:01

      Rob Lantz is da man ... ha, ha, ha!

  • Larry Hughes
    December 22, 2015 - 09:35

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all the haters!

    • martin
      December 22, 2015 - 10:46

      Now their is a person on the gravy train.

  • Islander
    December 22, 2015 - 07:54

    Not a second thought . Once Wade go in there and seen this gracy train, trips and parties why would he leave. One thing he wouldn't get is a balanced budget, something we have heard for the last ten yrs. When the egaming scandal lands some of them in Court he may have a change

    • Reality check
      December 22, 2015 - 09:40

      Whenever there is a lawsuit (merited or not) - someone eventually ends up in court to testify. This does not necessarily translate into guilt or innocence.

    • don
      December 22, 2015 - 10:26

      i am sure a lot of papers have been shredded to protect the guilty. and the liberals should NOT be doing the checking as they will make sure no one on there side is hurt. let the ndp and pc's do the checking.. that way at least it may be some what fair..

  • Jimmy
    December 22, 2015 - 06:51

    We already have a energy strategy, and a prosperity strategy, and ...