P.E.I.’s next provincial election is over three years away, but Premier Wade MacLauchlan has already decided he will try for a second term.
During The Guardian’s year-end interview with the premier, MacLauchlan revealed he has big plans for the province that he hopes will carry him into a second mandate.
“Yes, I intend to run again in 2019,” he said.
“Our government has a robust agenda to work with Islanders on numerous strategic priorities that will help to ensure a sustainable future for our province.”
But don’t expect to see him speaking in campaign slogans anytime soon.
After a busy year of elections in P.E.I. and in Canada, MacLauchlan says his attention is currently fixed on moving forward with a number of big files he expects to tackle over the next year, including balancing the budget, developing an energy strategy for the province and holding a plebiscite on electoral reform.
“We are focused on our current mandate to carry out this important work and will remain committed to the best interests of Islanders as we work together.”
MacLauchlan sat down with The Guardian last week for a one-on-one, hour-long interview about the year that was in Island politics in 2015.
He fielded questions on a variety of topics, including the Liberal leadership, the provincial election and a number of hot button issues he has faced since taking office, including e-gaming and abortion.
The interview will air in two parts on Eastlink TV.
Part one airs tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., and part two will air Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
Exclusive online-only content from the interview is now available on The Guardian’s website.
A full Q&A from the interview with MacLauchlan will be published in the print and e-edition of The Guardian on Saturday, Dec. 26.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan, right, talks to The Guardian’s Teresa Wright during the newspaper’s year-end interview with the P.E.I. premier taped last week at Fanningbank, the lieutenant-governor’s official residence.