Robert Mitchell has stepped down as interim leader of the P.E.I. Liberal party.
Mitchell made the announcement on his Facebook account Monday night.
Mitchell said he has informed the P.E.I. Liberal caucus and executive of his intention to step down.
“The past few months have been a tremendous experience and I have genuinely valued the support and encouragement of Islanders,’’ Mitchell said.
“As a result of that positive feedback, I am considering the permanent leadership as an option.’’
Given the possibility that he may seek the permanent leadership, the District 10 Charlottetown-Winsloe MLA believes it is appropriate and responsible to step away from the interim position.
“The interim party and House positions require full attention – and appears incompatible with a potential bid for permanent leadership.’’
Mitchell added that he also recognizes that the current reality of a minority government, saying “our party must be ready to contest an election at any time’’.
“I believe the Liberal party is now in the process of a healthy rebuilding exercise and I look forward to making further contributions to our Island’s future.’’