Com­mu­nity where no one wanted to be mayor gets a mayor

The Welland Tribune - - Canada & World -

WELLING­TON, P.E.I. — No­body wanted to be mayor, but Welling­ton, P.E.I., got one any­way.

There were no may­oral can­di­dates in Mon­day’s provincewide mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, so the pro­vin­cial govern­ment sim­ply ap­pointed the out­go­ing mayor, Al­cide Bernard, to a four-year term.

Bernard had not run for re­elec­tion — he de­cided he had done his time, and he “wanted to leave the op­por­tu­nity for oth­ers this time.”

The job pays $1,600 a year. Welling­ton — with a pop­u­la­tion of

400 — is nes­tled in the heart of P.E.I.’s Aca­dian com­mu­nity, about a 20-minute drive from Summerside.

The small com­mu­nity also had dif­fi­culty fill­ing five coun­cil va­can­cies.

Bernard said only one coun­cil­lor re-of­fered, so that coun­cil­lor went door to door un­til the five va­can­cies were filled. On Thurs­day, Com­mu­ni­ties Min­is­ter Richard Brown ap­pointed Bernard as mayor through Dec. 6, 2022.

“I want to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Al­cide Bernard for his past ser­vice as mayor of the Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Welling­ton and thank him for ac­cept­ing this ap­point­ment,” Brown said in a state­ment.

Bernard said last month he had ear­lier served as a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor, and was ap­proach­ing re­tire­ment age and wanted to take a break.

He ac­knowl­edged be­ing a mayor was a de­mand­ing job and noted the vil­lage’s ag­ing pop­u­la­tion could also be a fac­tor in the lack of a can­di­date.

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