Gilles Arsenault and Robert Gallant have announced they want to be the next Liberal candidate in the Prince County riding and take on Conservative Gail Shea in the next federal election.
SUMMERSIDE — It’s now a race for the Liberal nomination in Egmont.
Educator Gilles Arsenault and Summerside businessman Robert Gallant have announced they want to be the next Liberal candidate in the Prince County riding and take on Conservative Gail Shea in the next federal election. The party made the announcement Friday night during a fundraising dinner at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.
Gallant says the federal government has been unfair to the region and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will help turn things around.
“I don’t think (Conservatives) are being fair to the Atlantic provinces,” Gallant said.
Veterans’ issues are a priority for Gallant.
“I think the way veterans have been treated is a big issue. That is another reason why I put my name in to run. My dad’s a veteran.”
Gallant began working at a restaurant in 1977, and 25 years ago he bought that restaurant. He has been involved with the Liberal Party for many years, working on the campaigns of Joe McGuire, Robert Maddix and Gerard Greenan. He is also past president of the District 24 Liberals and vice-president of the Egmont Liberals.
Arsenault said the concerns being experienced in Egmont are the same throughout Canada.
“I think there are many issues, not only in Egmont, but throughout the country,” Arsenault said. “We’re looking at social justice issues. We’re looking at poverty. We’re looking at economic growth in different areas. We’re looking at women’s issues. We’re looking at First Nation issues. We’re looking at a variety of issues and Egmont is no different that any other jurisdiction.”
Arsenault is a high school educator, teaching his entire career at Evangeline School before becoming principal of the school. He is now president of the P.E.I. Teachers’ Federation.
The party will elect its next candidate in November.
More candidates are expected to come forward. The party is saying up to five candidates can be expected. Canadians go to the polls in October 2015.
Gallant acknowledged that Shea is a strong opponent, but he sees the government’s attitude towards Canadians as an issue that could bring her down.
“Bring back fairness and respect to the people that is one of the things that has to be done,” he said. “I think that her leader — the people are tired of her leader. That’s going to be an issue for her. Some of the choices that they made in the past, whether it be fair Elections Act and taking that away and changing it and making it harder for people to vote.”