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PCs seek positive year in 2014; Team Canada will look to Phaneuf

If only we had kept the resolutions we made a year ago, we wouldn’t find ourselves in this predicament today. It’s sage advice, because most of us are procrastinators when it comes to good intentions. The road to hell is paved with them. So here we are, it’s the day after New Year’s 2014 and many Islanders have made resolutions and hope they will have more success in keeping these new ones than those made a year ago.

A study released this week found that 80 per cent of Canadians planned to make a New Year’s resolution for 2014 before the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31. More than one-third of all resolutions will be related to personal financial issues, which ranked second to health and fitness (51 per cent).

Money trumps love when it comes to 2014 resolutions. It’s a sobering thought. Financial issues dealt with 36 per cent of all resolutions but love life (dating, marriage, etc.) picked up only 19 per cent. The study didn’t say what percentage of love life resolutions were kept. Hmmm.

But there are other resolutions and predictions which that study wouldn’t be unaware of when it comes to P.E.I. so here are some suggestions to consider for next year’s report.

 . . . The Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I. resolves that this will be a positive year after a period of turmoil and upheaval. In a press release Tuesday, the party predicted it will form the next government. With an election date confirmed, the party will select its next leader this fall “and the next premier of our province.” The thrust of the release was to solicit donations to prepare for a busy year ahead because the next leader will need “an organized and well-funded party,” and thus the appeal to consider a donation to an election preparedness fund. The party is still reviewing the methods through which to select a new leader, who can vote, how members participate, and details of the leadership convention for this fall.

. . . P.E.I.’s favourite adopted son Dion Phaneuf got his resolution filled Tuesday, signing a seven-year, $49 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The captain got married on P.E.I. last summer and then was the focus of a Sportsnet feature with reporter Arash Madani at his summer home in New London in August, just before an Olympic training camp. Based on this week’s development, it’s likely Phaneuf will be named to Team Canada and play a leading role in defending its gold medal hopes at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

. . . Mike Redmond, leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island, is handing out resolutions, this time to Premier Robert Ghiz. In a release this week, Mr. Redmond is offering some advice to the premier. “After making the mistake of imposing the HST, higher small business taxes, and a huge number of fee increases for government services on Islanders this year,” it was suggested that Premier Ghiz get better policy advice in 2014.

. . . The province is going out of its way to resolve possible membership issues at the Links at Crowbush Cove. It now appears that not much will change this season, even if the course is sold to McCain’s. P.E.I.’s Finest Golf contacted members in mid-December to announce there will be no increase in rates for the 2014 season. A week earlier, members were sent a survey to rate the course and suggest improvements. It’s a way to reassure members to stay around and not defect to other courses. Normally, the release on rates would not be released until February or March.

Organizations: Team Canada, Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I., Toronto Maple Leafs Sochi 2014 Olympic Games New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: New London

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