Editor: Jack MacAndrew was my hockey coach growing up, and we won two championships with him which were inspiring days as a boy. He was always a leader to me whether a bunch of kids that skated with their skates and knees turned inwards, or lighting up the airwaves with music and talent, broadcasting, and theatre. And transcending all he was by far one of the most refreshing, concise, and well researched political commentators we have ever had bear witness on our often too myopic disenfranchised affairs on P.E.I.
He was also passionate and vocal about the need to stand tall for P.E.I.'s environment, and appeared in the CTV W5 segment condemning how the potato industry has made P.E.I. a toxic place to live. Certainly, he would have not been a big fan of this week's dangerous changes to P.E.I.'s Lands Protection Act which aggravates the problems of contracting cancer in P.E.I., which Jack himself died himself from. Losing Jack has lost Islanders one of its strongest voices of reason and passion, and P.E.I. feels like a boneless chicken ranch without his flap. I am deeply saddened in his passing.
It's time P.E.I. had the strength to carry out Jack's work and vision, and to stand up for ourselves like Jack who always did; he knew when not to take anything for granted. And if it was important, he was right there on the front line with spirited fire and facts and insights a’flying that we needed to draw a line in the red soil between what was right, and what was just plain wrong.