Perry con­tent af­ter cab­i­net ouster

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Tig­nish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry said Fri­day he is not los­ing any sleep over Premier Wade MacLauch­lan’s de­ci­sion to re­move him from cab­i­net.

“The premier made the de­ci­sion to change things up a lit­tle bit,” Perry said in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

“It de­pends on what the agenda is mov­ing for­ward, and the premier be­lieved, mov­ing for­ward, that the de­ci­sions he made would as­sist with that, and I re­spect that. I re­ally do re­spect that.”

Perry’s ca­reer in pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics started out as a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive MLA but part­way through his first-term he crossed the floor and joined the Lib­er­als.

Perry was passed over when the post-elec­tion cab­i­net was se­lected, but was handed the Education, Early Learn­ing and Cul­ture min­istry the fol­low­ing day when the premier’s first choice, Tina Mundy, was bounced from cab­i­net.

“I am where I am sup­posed to be, which is still the MLA for Tig­nish-Palmer Road, some­thing that I am very, very happy and blessed to be do­ing. It is prob­a­bly the favourite thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Perry en­dorsed the premier’s choice to re­place him.

“By putting Doug (Cur­rie) into Education at this time, with the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge he has, it’s a good fit,” he said.

He had no re­sponse when asked whether there is some­thing par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing on the hori­zon that re­quires Cur­rie’s lead­er­ship.

Perry de­scribed his term as a cab­i­net min­is­ter an hon­our.

“Not ev­ery MLA gets the op­por­tu­nity to sit in cab­i­net. It gave me an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally gain a lot of knowl­edge and to see things from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and how they work at the top level,” he said.

“I’m grate­ful to have had that op­por­tu­nity. That may again arise, but, at this time, I am quite con­tent to be the MLA for Tig­nish-Palmer Road. I will do my best to help out my con­stituents and ful­fill their needs and ex­pec­ta­tions.”

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