‘He’s a fine man’

NDP’s Dr. Herb Dick­ieson kicks off of­fi­cial cam­paign for Eg­mont in Summerside

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The next fed­eral elec­tion is still four months away, but the NDP can­di­date for Eg­mont is al­ready off and run­ning.

Dr. Herb Dick­ieson of­fi­cially launched his elec­tion cam­paign in Summerside on Thurs­day, speak­ing to a crowd of about 30 sup­port­ers at the Loy­al­ist Lake­view Re­sort.

Dick­ieson spoke at length about his hopes for the cam­paign, his dis­ap­point­ment with the cur­rent Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion, and his grat­i­tude for the sup­port he’s per­son­ally re­ceived to date.

“I think there’s a very pos­i­tive al­ter­na­tive with Tom Mul­cair and the New Democrats, and he’s made it clear that he wants rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Prince Ed­ward Is­land in his gov­ern­ment, and we’re do­ing our best to oblige him,” said Dick­ieson.

A fam­ily physi­cian by pro­fes­sion, Dick­ieson is the only per­son to have ever won a seat in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture un­der the NDP ban­ner, hav­ing rep­re­sented the dis­trict of West Poin­tBloom­field from 1996 to 2000.

He was also the first can­di­date to an­nounced his in­ten­tion to run in Eg­mont. He was un­con­tested in his party’s nom­i­na­tion race in Oc­to­ber, 2014.

Dick­ieson was fol­lowed by Lib­eral can­di­date Robert Mor­ris­sey and in­cum­bent Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Gail Shea.

That punc­tu­al­ity was no mis­take, said Dick­ieson.

“We’re way out ahead of the game, there’s been a whole lot of work that’s been done be­hind the scenes, a lot of meet­ings, or­ga­niz­ing and meet­ings. But we’re right on sched­ule,” he said.

“It’s all com­ing to­gether in a great way, we’re not go­ing to let up, we’re not go­ing to rest un­til the job is done.”

One per­son who ap­pre­ci­ated the mes­sage was Michael Desroches of West Point.

“This coun­try re­ally needs a change, we’ve seen so many of our na­tional agen­cies start to de­te­ri­o­rate un­der the Harper gov­ern­ment and we def­i­nitely need to elect some­body who is go­ing to re­build it.

“Herb has some ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics, he’s a fine man, a hard work­ing man and his heart is in the right place, where I know he’ll do the best he can for the peo­ple he rep­re­sents,” said Desroches.

Dick­ieson also an­nounced he had se­cured the en­dorse­ments of for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive MP ( for the for­mer rid­ing of Prince and then Eg­mont) David Mac­Don­ald, and De­nis Marantz, who spent a long ca­reer in the fed­eral for­eign ser­vice, work­ing on nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional is­sues.

Mac­Don­ald said Dick­ieson is a unique ex­am­ple of an NDP politi­cian from P.E.I. with some ex­pe­ri­ence and would make a fine choice to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of the Is­land.

“It’s pretty tough for any­body from the NDP in this province to, first of all, be­come well known, and se­condly to gain any leg­isla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. But Herb al­ready has got the leg­isla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence … all it takes now is lots of peo­ple to get out there,” said Mac­Don­ald.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/TC MEDIA

Eg­mont NDP can­di­date Dr. Herb Dick­ieson, cen­tre, gets two high-pro­file en­dorse­ments from De­nis Marantz, left, who spent a long ca­reer in the fed­eral for­eign ser­vice, as well as from David Mac­Don­ald, for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive MP for the rid­ing that is now called Eg­mont. Dick­ieson held a small rally with sup­port­ers in Summerside on Thurs­day. The event was billed as the of­fi­cial launch of Dick­ieson’s cam­paign.

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