Guess who’s com­ing to din­ner?

For­mer fed­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter to give speech at Tory fundrais­ing din­ner

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY TERESA WRIGHT

For­mer fed­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter Peter MacKay will be in Prince Ed­ward Is­land later this month to give a speech at a lo­cal Con­ser­va­tive party fundrais­ing din­ner.

MacKay will be the guest speaker for the District 2 Ge­orge­town-St. Pe­ters Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tion din­ner, be­ing held Fri­day, Jan. 23 at the St. Pe­ters Com­mu­nity Com­plex.

The rid­ing is cur­rently held by PC MLA and for­mer in­terim party leader Steven My­ers.

“Peter has a long-stand­ing con­nec­tion to the Is­land through his many years as an MP from Nova Sco­tia and his time as a fed­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter. We’re very ex­cited to have him join us as our guest speaker,” My­ers said.

For­merly a lawyer and Crown pros­e­cu­tor be­fore en­ter­ing pub­lic life, MacKay was MP for the Nova Sco­tia rid­ing of Cen­tral Nova from 1997 to 2015. Dur­ing that time he served in the fed­eral cab­i­net as min­is­ter of for­eign affairs, na­tional de­fence and jus­tice, as well as min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) and as min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Prince Ed­ward Is­land, from 2006-2008.

MacKay did not seek re-elec­tion in the re­cent fed­eral elec­tion, cit­ing the de­sire to spend more time with his young fam­ily.

De­spite this, he is widely con­sid­ered to be a lead­er­ship con­tender for the fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive party. A re­cent Aba­cus Data poll showed MacKay with a strong lead over other ru­moured lead­er­ship hope­fuls.

Tick­ets for the P.E.I. event are $30 each.


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