Three Rivers Mayoral Candidate debate at the King's Playhouse, Wednesday, Oct 24

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What started as a politically naïve decision to attend an anti-abortion rally, morphed into mudslinging on both sides of the debate with neither side looking particularly good in the process.

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In an election where the desire for change dominated voter motivation, Liberals avoided an electoral slaughter after 12 years in office. And despite the ego bruising reality of now being a third party for the first time, it is possible, with focus and luck, Liberals avoid a long, bruising wa…

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It seems simple enough; an organization writes a formal letter to a municipal council requesting that a flag be raised to promote a week or month designated by either the provincial or federal government to promote a specific, credible cause.

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The old adage states that actions speak more loudly than words. And on that basis, it is far too early to pass judgement on the promise of civility and cross-party cooperation outlined by newly-minted Premier Dennis King.

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As one premier leaves and another arrives to the fifth floor suite of offices in the Shaw Building, change to both the focus and management of government are inevitable.

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As Dennis King inches closer to being sworn in as our next premier, decisions made today may decide his effectiveness in leading PEI’s first ever minority government.

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In the blink of an eye, the provincial election didn’t mean quite as much. Gone was the jockeying for favoured standing with voters; replaced by a collective sense of loss for teacher, musician, husband, father and Green Party candidate in District 9, Josh Underhay, who died last Friday in a…

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It is the elections within the election that will ultimately decide which party wins government and what form of democracy the Island embraces going forward.

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If you were to grade the effectiveness of the first two weeks of the election, Liberals and Greens would land on top with the Tories slightly behind in search of the ignition to light their campaign.

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While Liberals and Conservatives busied themselves during the first week of the provincial election attempting to out promise one another, the front running Greens held their fire, opting instead for a potentially risky strategy of releasing the party platform all in one fell swoop.

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Islanders appear just days away from a provincial election guaranteed to be unlike any other in Island history. For the first time third parties have a realistic shot of upending the historical ping-pong match for control between Liberals and Tories.

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Premier Wade MacLauchlan can be forgiven for drawing historical parallels to his $75 million promise of beefed up rural internet, just as Islanders can be forgiven for eying it with skepticism, based on recent history.

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Whether you are a pundit or politician, it is a fine line between scoring political points with the public and pushing the bounds of accuracy to emphatically drive the message home. In an era when truth is often lost in a sea of social media drivel, it will only become more difficult to weed…

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A beefy 94 page report is calling for the status quo to be not only maintained, but expanded, in Prince Edward Island’s 12-year long addiction to standardized tests of Island school children.

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So Dennis King must be sexist, I was asked. No. I’ve known him a long time and sexist, homophobic or mean-spirited are words I would never use to describe the new leader of the PC Party of PEI.

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Dennis King, the affable new leader of provincial Tories, presents perhaps the greatest risk/reward of any leadership candidate in the party’s seemingly endless 12 year walk through the political wilderness.

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On the plus side, the provincial Department of Transportation and Public Works clearly did not like being publicly called out in this space for an internal engineering preference that effectively creates a made in PEI-Buy American First policy.

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On the plus side, the provincial Department of Transportation and Public Works clearly did not like being publicly called out in this space for an internal engineering preference that effectively creates a made in PEI-Buy American First policy.

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In journalist speak, Premier Wade MacLauchlan has a habit of burying the lede. That is he often takes a long time getting around to the most important stuff, opting instead for a 30,000 foot view of the world that eventually gets down to the kitchen table. Sorta.

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For three years Premier Wade MacLauchlan has stubbornly refused calls to appoint an independent child advocate, one of the key recommendations from the coroner’s inquest held in the aftermath of the murder-suicide of five-year-old Nash Campbell at the hand of his mother.

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Culverts have been known to create a political stir or two over the years (think Charlottetown City Council). But generally Islanders appreciate the necessity to allow water to flow unimpeded under our roadways.

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There were no fireworks, no great exchange on issues impacting our Island community, but the PC Party’s first leadership debate shows there is interest in the five candidates and perhaps more importantly, that the party, which has staggered from one leadership crisis to another, is potential…

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In the end, even British Columbia’s history of supporting parties other than the Liberals and Conservatives was not enough to carry the day in a provincial referendum on electoral reform. When all votes were counted it was a decisive win for the no side, which followed a predictable confuse …

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My friend Campbell Webster and I had a fun social media back and forth on an assertion that his beloved NDP is the only party truly open to internal debate and criticism. It came on the heels of the Green Party of PEI booting a member who proclaimed support for a candidate in the PC leadership.

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Few politicians have maximized their God given talent more than Lawrence MacAulay. Thirty years on from winning an upset victory over Pat Binns in the federal riding of Cardigan, MacAulay is still going strong.

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A health recruiter recently bragged about the 20 doctors PEI attracted in 2018. On its face, it is an impressive number. But flip the equation and you’re left with the obvious: Why is PEI so poor at attracting and retaining health care professionals?

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Premier Wade MacLauchlan has never shone in the provincial legislature; cameras and the cut and thrust of debate are not allies to his methodical speaking style. In part because of this, Liberal support has tended to decline during fall and spring sessions.

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I’ve been called a lot of things, but until now never a Nazi, let alone a ‘Nazi Wearing a Poppy’. I don’t know the young lady who lobbed the shot as I walked a verbal line of fire to enter an event she passionately and angrily opposed. And it doesn’t matter. It was democracy at work.

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Pot has gone mainstream. Now that PEI is following other provinces on the hoped for golden road to drug riches, ordinary Islanders are swapping tales of buying and using what was until last week a popular, but forbidden vice.

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If Island Tories thought the sudden resignation of James Aylward would open floodgates to a bounty of top tier leadership hopefuls, they were wrong. Almost a month later and no one has officially jumped aboard the decade long leadership merry-go-round that has stymied the party from building…

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No one should be surprised that Trudeau Liberals caved on a promise to protect Canada’s supply management system, which allows dairy, poultry and egg producers to earn a living, just modestly above the cost of production. When you crack open a door to a bully, eventually it will be blown wide open.

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It has the ring of a 1980s Air Supply ballad – Jumping Five Points, Based On Nothing At All. The latest CRA quarterly poll is anything but a parody, although it is certainly making Liberal and Tory hearts skip a beat.

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Social media is the flavour of the day for the urban dominated Liberal administration of Justin Trudeau. It is not because social media delivers better and bigger results. It doesn’t. It is about strict control of messaging and photo op image.

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Inking a deal to amalgamate seven eastern PEI communities is only one check mark on the road to growing a viable future. The heavy lifting of building vision, priorities and mutual respect will take longer.

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Inking a deal to amalgamate seven eastern PEI communities is only one check mark on the road to growing a viable future. The heavy lifting of building vision, priorities and mutual respect will take longer.

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A second federal investigation into PEI’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is spurring the Wade MacLauchlan government to launch a much needed, and overdue, review.

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It’s been a long, frequently tempestuous road where small town politics too often trumped necessary big picture thinking. But in the end the road to municipal amalgamation has forged an agreement that is fair for all, including those still viscerally opposed.