National Newswatch

Party leaders spar in final debate of the P.E.I. election

May 1 2015 — Teresa Wright — The last debate of the P.E.I. election Thursday was lively as the four party leaders tried one last time to challenge their opponents and sway Island voters before they head to the polls on Monday. The Guardian leader’s debate live on Eastlink TV saw the leaders face a series of questions on key election issues […]

Polling data revealed on Prince Edward Island election issues

Apr 27 2015 — Teresa Wright — There’s a good reason why the Progressive Conservative party has focused much of its election messaging on government accountability and why the Liberals have focused on job creation. These are the issues their supporters care about the most, according to polling data compiled by Corporate Research Associates for The Guardian and the Journal-Pioneer. Results show […]

Liberals ahead, Tories narrow gap as P.E.I. election looms: poll

Apr 25 2015 — Teresa Wright — The Liberal party is heading into the final week of the P.E.I. election in the lead, but the Tories are not far behind with only nine points separating the two parties, according to polling data commissioned by The Guardian and the Journal Pioneer. The Corporate Research Associates (CRA) poll shows support for the Liberal party […]

Trudeau gives local Liberal campaign a boost

Apr 17 2015 — Teresa Wright — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan both denounced negative political messaging and promoted their respective brands of positivity as they each laid out their election pitches to Prince Edward Island voters Thursday. Trudeau attended a P.E.I. Liberal rally in Summerside Thursday evening as P.E.I.’s provincial election nears the mid point of the […]

P.E.I. Progressive Conservative candidate resigns

Apr 16 2015 — Teresa Wright — A Progressive Conservative candidate in P.E.I. has been asked to resign after it was revealed he has an outstanding warrant in Alberta for a possible DUI. Shawn Driscoll was the PC candidate for District 15, West Royalty-Springvale, but Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz asked for and accepted his resignation this evening after the party received […]

Duffy diaries show election interference

Apr 10 2015 — Teresa Wright — Details contained in suspended Senator Mike Duffy’s diary shows Duffy tried to interfere in P.E.I.’s provincial election in 2011 when explosive allegations of bribery and fraud surfaced about P.E.I.’s immigrant investment program, says the Liberal party of P.E.I. Within the hundreds of pages of entries contained in Duffy’s day timer, entered as evidence in his […]

MP Wayne Easter defends Liberal support for Bill C-51

Mar 18 2015 — Teresa Wright — Malpeque MP Wayne Easter is defending the federal Liberal party’s decision to support the Harper government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation as a growing chorus of advocates call for the bill to be scrapped. Easter has been the lead spokesman for the Liberals in Ottawa on Bill C-51, which proposes sweeping changes to security and privacy laws […]

Wade MacLauchlan next premier of P.E.I.

Jan 21 2015 — Teresa Wright — It’s official — Wade MacLauchlan is now Prince Edward Island’s premier-in-waiting. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, no other candidate entered the race for leadership of the governing Liberal party of P.E.I. This makes MacLauchlan the winner by default and the next premier of P.E.I.

P.E.I. could see snap election in spring

Nov 20 2014 — Teresa Wright — Prince Edward Island may be going to the polls as early as next spring, so the Progressive Conservatives should get themselves a permanent leader, says Finance Minister Wes Sheridan. Sheridan was commenting on a motion tabled Tuesday in the legislature by Deputy Premier George Webster asking all MLAs to accept and recognize the authority of […]

P.E.I. government to debate an early election

Nov 19 2014 — Teresa Wright — The governing Liberals in P.E.I. may be looking to call an early election. Deputy premier George Webster tabled a motion late Tuesday evening asking all MLAs to accept and recognize the authority of the lieutenant governor to dissolve the legislature outside of the province’s fixed election date. This move comes on the heels of the […]

Liberal MLAs angling to become next premier of P.E.I.

Nov 17 2014 — Teresa Wright — The race for who will become the next premier of Prince Edward Island was launched Saturday night at a Liberal fundraiser in Charlottetown, where many well-known party members began quietly angling for the job. Hundreds of party supporters filled the P.E.I. Convention Centre ballroom for the annual $200-a-plate dinner. And they got a front row […]

Gail Shea non-committal about federal election plans

Oct 16 2014 — Teresa Wright — Federal fisheries minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea appears to be on the fence about whether she will run in the upcoming federal election. Some federal Conservative ridings have already held nomination meetings and elected their chosen representative, but Shea said Wednesday her riding is in no hurry. “The election is still a year out, […]

P.E.I. officials claim discrepancies in federal TFW numbers

Oct 1 2014 — Teresa Wright — Prince Edward Island’s innovation minister is crying foul over recent figures released by the federal government showing P.E.I. seafood plants have been using temporary foreign workers while Islanders collect EI. Speaking to a legislative standing committee Tuesday, Innovation Minister Allen Roach said he believes there are some discrepancies in data provided by federal employment Minister […]