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Dr. Herb Dickieson seeking NDP nomination for District 25, O’Leary-Inverness

Island New Democrats leader Joe Byrne, left, chats with a former party leader, Dr. Herb Dickieson, during a western P.E.I. tour on Monday. Byrne was elected leader on April 7.
Island New Democrats leader Joe Byrne, left, chats with a former party leader, Dr. Herb Dickieson, during a recent western P.E.I. tour. Byrne was elected leader on April 7. - Eric McCarthy

Dr. Herb Dickieson is aiming to once again plant the NDP banner in the P.E.I. legislature.

Dickieson has announced his intention to seek the party’s nomination for District 25, O’Leary-Inverness.

The Howlan resident has served West Prince as a physician for more than 30 years but retired from medicine last year.

With that newfound freedom comes more time on his hands, said Dickieson, and he would like to spend some of it once again serving his community in the legislature.

“I just really think I can help make a contribution to revitalize rural Prince Edward Island,” he said.

Dickieson has the distinction of, to date, being the province’s only NDP MLA ever. He previously served in the house under that party’s colours from 1996 to 2000 and served as the party leader from 1995 to 2002.

Rural P.E.I. remains his preoccupying concern, he said, and if elected he hopes to fight for issues to strengthen that part of the Island community.

“Despite West Prince and rural areas being a prime source of wealth on the Island with agriculture, the fisheries and power generation through wind mills, we are woefully under serviced in many ways, including health care, transportation and infrastructure, as well as job creation. I want to work with New Democrat Leader Joe Byrne in the legislature to insure our rural voice is heard and acted upon,” said Dickieson.

No date for the party’s nomination meeting in District 25 has been set yet.

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