Premier Wade MacLauchlan challenges Islanders

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Premier Wade MacLauchlan

Premier Wade MacLauchlan is again challenging Islanders to share their success stories with others as the first step in improving our economy. The premier says everything starts with a narrative of who we are, what we want and what we can deliver.

It’s really a matter of developing a positive mindset, of believing in ourselves that we can compete and that we can do better. We are challenged to do our share and don’t depend on government to solve all the ills and problems affecting the province.

Our self-declared optimist-in-chief resolutely provides an upbeat assessment of P.E.I.’s economy and prefers to share success stories and accomplishments and what is possible. He doesn’t want to dwell on failures and disappointments.

It’s a narrative the premier has been following since he was sworn in last year. And it was a message he repeated at an economic forum earlier this week in Charlottetown.

The premier does practise what he preaches. A quick look at recent headlines atop stories written about the premier hammers home the message: ‘P.E.I. premier optimistic,’ ‘Premier MacLauchlan trumpets,’ ‘Premier says meeting went well,’ ‘Premier highlights achievements,’ ‘Sunny ways,’ etc.

And there is certainly nothing wrong with this viewpoint. It a refreshing change. Oftentimes, the media, Opposition and Islanders in general tend to dwell on the negative. There are success stories that should be told and that need to be told.

During his address, the premier didn’t candy-coat everything. He did say there are challenges and major obstacles. But they can be overcome with a positive outlook, ingenuity and plain hard work.

First the positives. There are significant advances in exports and a growing population thanks to immigration. The heartwarming story from last Saturday was a case in point when hundreds of Islanders turned up for an official welcome for our new immigrants from Syria.

There are many business success stories right across this province.

On the negative, P.E.I. is losing jobs, losing younger people to other provinces and the unemployment rate is back over 11 per cent. The downtown in Alberta and oil should see some Islanders return home.

Will his message resonate? It’s just as easy to put on a happy face over a frown.

Yes, it’s easy to be critical, gloomy, and pessimistic, and stay busy nurturing a culture of defeat that a former prime minister used to label Atlantic Canadians — perhaps with some justification. The premier wants to nurture a culture of optimism.

Are we really doing our part?

Too often we blame others, especially government, for our own problems and for not providing us with everything we want or need. If we keep saying everything is bad and keep hearing nothing but negatives, then at some point we’re going to start believing it.

Maybe we need the services of a group therapist like Premier MacLauchlan to hammer home the message it’s time to pick ourselves up and get back in the race. That’s life.

Geographic location: Charlottetown.The, Alberta

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Recent comments

    March 18, 2016 - 08:05


  • Cromwell
    March 17, 2016 - 13:51

    Once again, an inane editorial supporting a sad old man, posturing as a 'leader'. The only 'success story' that could be provided is from one of Wade's friends or family members who have gained a financial benefit from PNP or, indirecty, from the imposed relocation of Syrian migrants. For the average Islander, we face a dire future on an over-governed, overtaxed and under-serviced Province. Employment continues to increase, yet liberal apologists appear to believe that bringing in indentured Chinese and Middle East migrants will provide the necessary economic boost. Mr. Maclauchlan would do well to sponsor a 'town hall' meeting, where disenchanted, and increasingly disenfrancished, Islanders can properly voice their concerns, without fear of moderation or censorship.

  • olddog70
    March 17, 2016 - 13:32

    Wow , such drivel and you're paid to spread it. No mention of the scandals etc and we're supposed to blindly trust this "emperor with no clothed"? Do our part, such as not question him? He ran on transparency and has yet to show up to do "anything ". Useless is the best adjective I can use too describe him,and that is without expressing my real feelings.

  • Quiet Observer
    March 17, 2016 - 12:53

    Maybe Islanders would be a little more upbeat and positive if we any indication that we could believe or have faith in anything our Premier says. he promised open and transparent government with integrity. So far, he has failed miserably at that and has instead become a puppet of his backroom and is protecting all the hacks and cronies. Lead, Mr. Premier, lead and maybe we will start to believe something you say and find a reason to be positive.

  • Trevor MacInnis
    March 17, 2016 - 12:09

    Have you read the Auditor Generals Report? You must be a paid Liberal to be actually posting the above article. Over 2 billion in net debt. The current premier can do two things well. Spend money and smile while he's doing it.

  • STOP
    March 17, 2016 - 12:08

    Wade MacLauchlan is not a business success story. He is an heir and a lifelong academic, who started strong but then seems (based on choices) to have been less than challenged by path to better himself, his character and his judgement. I now suspect that the focus on infrastructure at UPEI was, at least partially, to dole out construction contracts. And, it gets far far worse.... He is protecting a small circle of second generation truly 'not' business success stories in a fraud. Lawyers and accountants are secondary to the economy - they are not first order drivers of it. Let alone the government ones. // And, business success doesn't circumvent the Criminal Code of Canada and provide access to the taxes (i.e. take your pots and go). I was raised by a small business which employed 3-4 people for a lifetime. Hate to break the news. The business that he is alluding to (his father's, Sean Casey's father, I don't think that the Grays are this pathetic, etc) are already very well-supported by the community. The infrastructure builders deserve to be supported to some extent. (Perhaps Homburg is off the rails - how did that happen? Did we need that hotel? I digress.... kp

  • Concerned Taxpayer
    March 17, 2016 - 11:33

    Give it up Mr Premier. One would think you were lecturing to a bunch of kids. Our province is in a bad decline with debt and mismanagement. Both of which have been identified by the Auditor General. Clean up the mess you failed to do from day one or resign. You are looking pretty dam rediculous

  • Chuck
    March 17, 2016 - 11:29

    Only a strange mind can reconcile as positive bringing in refugees from a different culture and religion, who do not speak English and have no immediate job prospects, and in many cases very little education. While at the same time recognizing that they are replacing our young educated Islanders, who have to leave due to lack of jobs. These two end do not meet, Wade, I don't know who you are trying to hoodwink here.