I was present in the gallery of the sitting of the legislative assembly Dec. 5, 2012. I was there as an observer for the P.E.I. Citizen's Coalition, the group that initiated the Stop Plan B movement. Incidentally, a CBC poll released on this same day indicated that 45 per cent of people polled opposed Plan B, and only 19 per cent indicated support.
On this same day, prior to the house sitting, the leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Olive Crane, announced that she would resign as leader of the Conservative Party of P.E.I. as of Jan. 31, 2013. She also indicated her intention to continue her work as an MLA and to run in the next provincial election.
During the house sitting, Premier Robert Ghiz gave a very cursory thank you to Olive Crane for her service.
Not one other MLA from either party stood up to say anything about Ms. Crane's time in service as party leader. I found that to be a rank and a blatant insult to Ms. Crane. It speaks to the way women continue to be treated in public life - as if they are a blip or footnote, and that their service doesn't really matter. And we continue to question why more women don't enter the political arena. Well, maybe we should ask Ms. Olive Crane about that.