Legends of Country Music Is A Golden Ticket Show

There is so much talent here. You hear it on the lips of locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s musical or dramatic theatre, storytelling, or live music of just about every genre and style, the Island during the summertime especially is literally vibrating with artistic talent. As a songwriter an musician myself, I tend to be discerning about the […]

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A New King For the Island?

In my July 26th Eastern Graphic column, I lamented that our great Island Conservative Party has failed as yet to put forward a leadership candidate who in my opinion is strong enough to defeat Premier Wade MacLauchlan and the Liberals in the next provincial election. But I have heard rumblings that Dennis King of Georgetown is […]

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The Island Tories Are Up the Creek Without A Paddle

If the Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island was to solicit my expert advice on finding a new leader, about as unlikely an event as Donald Trump paying Barack Obama a compliment, I would make the following recommendations. First and foremost, I would urge the Tories to find another populist, a person who lives and […]

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The Crowning of Island Political Leaders

Political coronations, where a chosen one ascends to leadership, without the divisiveness or financial costs of a contested convention, can be good or bad for a party, depending on the circumstances. I have some personal experience with such coronations. In 1993, I was part of a small group that convinced Catherine Callbeck to seek the […]

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One Stop Political Shopping – The Same Law Firm Is At the Helm of Both Major Island Political Parties

The Island Conservative Party recently elected Margaret Ann Walsh as its new interim President. Walsh is a junior lawyer with the Charlottetown firm Stewart McKelvey, and the scion of an old Conservative family. Her father Leo Walsh was part of the Angus MacLean rural renaissance in the early 1980s, served as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for Pat Binns, and held other […]

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Club 1864 – the great failure of Confederation Centre of the Arts

When the Confederation Centre of the Arts first appeared on the downtown Charlottetown landscape in the 1960s, like a meteorite from outer space, it promised to develop and present original Canadian musical theatre, and showcase the best of Canada’s and Prince Edward Island’s cultural and artistic expression. It also was to be a living memorial […]

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Our Island Mansion Has Many Rooms

We should never kid ourselves into thinking that Prince Edward Island is a simple place, where class divisions don’t exist, and all of us live pretty much the same social and economic realities. When I was growing up at Glover’s Shore, on the outskirts of Summerside, I was very much an outlier. Most of my friends at school lived in the big houses […]

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The MacLauchlan Government Must Have A Political Death Wish When It Comes To Education

It almost seems that Premier MacLauchlan has a political death wish when it comes to public education in the province. The appointment of former western school board superintendent Dale Sabean as a replacement for Pat Mella on the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors, is the most tone deaf, politically stupid, and cynical decision the […]

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Island Green Power Rising

The Island Green Party will hold its spring conference in June at the Emerald Community Centre. Billed as an opportunity for Green party supporters to “re-define politics on Prince Edward Island,” I am sure the conference will also focus on broadening the party’s base, and strategies leading up to the next provincial election. That election […]

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