P.E.I. man facing charges for threatening the life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan

Published on February 26, 2015

Wade MacLauchlan speaks to the Liberal leadership convention in Charlottetown Saturday and he will become the Island's next premier when he is sworn in Monday.

©Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

A Prince Edward Island man is facing charges of threatening the life of newly minted Premier Wade MacLauchlan, The Guardian has learned.

The RCMP arrested the man Thursday. He will be in court Friday before a justice of the peace to face charges of threatening the life of the premier as well as possession of weapons and possession of drugs.

The man, sources indicate, is from Hunter River.

A spokeswoman for the RCMP confirmed there had been an arrest but would not confirm the charges the individual is facing or the name of that individual.

A spokeswoman for Premier MacLauchlan said late Thursday that they rely on the RCMP to handle matters relating to the safety and security of the premier. She added that because it is before the courts, the premier’s office would have no further comment at this time.

MacLauchlan, 60, was only sworn in as premier on Monday.

In addition to his role as premier, MacLauchlan is also serving as minister of finance and energy, intergovernmental affairs minister, as well as minister responsible for Aboriginal affairs and Acadian and Francophone affairs.

The Yale University graduate was named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Prince Edward Island. He’s also P.E.I.’s first openly gay premier, and only the second in Canada behind Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

On Thursday, MacLauchlan was at Bedford MacDonald House, P.E.I.’s only homeless shelter for men. He announced $25,000 in additional funding. That has been MacLauchlan’s only public event since being sworn in as premier on Monday.

MacLauchlan has a “special announcement” planned for Friday night in Covehead. MacLauchlan is expected to announce that he will run as a candidate in District 9, York-Oyster Bed. That is the district he calls home.

Up until Monday, Transportation Minister Robert Vessey held the seat. Vessey is now MacLauchlan’s chief of staff.