PC cam­paign comes to Sum­mer­side

Journal Pioneer - - PRINCE COUNTY - BY AL­I­SON JENK­INS Al­i­son.jenk­[email protected]­nal­pi­oneer.com @AlisonEBC

Den­nis King wasn’t plan­ning to be­gin a ca­reer in pol­i­tics when he showed up for work that day as a ra­dio sta­tion jour­nal­ist.

It was an evening ses­sion at the leg­is­la­ture, and King was in­ter­view­ing trans­porta­tion min­is­ter Mike Cur­rie.

Cur­rie and King shared a his­tory in Ge­orge­town.

“(Cur­rie) was the clos­est thing to a lo­cal hero we had,” said King. “Be­fore he got into pol­i­tics, he was a cham­pion rower, a world cham­pion arm-wrestler and a very suc­cess­ful busi­nessper­son.”

That night in the leg­is­la­ture, King asked Cur­rie a tough ques- tion about an as-yet-un­kept cam­paign prom­ise to close the Cardi­gan dump. “How would you an­swer that ques­tion?” was Cur­rie’s re­sponse.

“Well, I just ask the ques­tions,” said King. “What I re­ally need is some­one to come work with me who can help me get some of these things done,” said Cur­rie.

King weighed the op­por­tu­nity to work for Cur­rie against a ca­reer in jour­nal­ism. “I ac­cepted is of­fer.”

Now, with 22 years as a mem­ber of the party, 47-year-old King has de­cided run for the lead­er­ship of the P.E.I. Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive party.

“I wanted to be a hockey broad­caster,” he said. “At the end of the day I just got tired of be­ing an Is­lan­der that says ‘I wish

King they’d do this. Why do they do that?’”

Dec. 3, Den­nis King held a gath­er­ing at Ever­moore Brew­ery in Sum­mer­side and spoke to the room of about 50 peo­ple. He was in Hunter River last week, do­ing the same thing — in­tro­duc­ing him­self and let­ting the pub­lic query him on is­sues. King’s an­swers han­dled a va­ri­ety of top­ics from af­ford­able hous­ing — “It’s a piv­otal is­sue of our time.” To green en­ergy — “In­stead of just try­ing to come up with a flat (car­bon) tax and make ev­ery­body feel good we’re do­ing some­thing for the en­vi­ron­ment, why don’t we ac­tu­ally try to do it?” To taxes — ba­sic rate needs to in­crease to in­fla­tion. To ru­ral in­ter­net — “It’s as im­por­tant as as­phalt.” Gov­ern­ment needs to in­vest in “real high-speed in­ter­net” to keep peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas. King called for kind­ness, say­ing pol­i­tics has be­come “very mean.” He added the Green Party is do­ing well be­cause they’re kind.

“Peo­ple are fed up with how things are run­ning and peo­ple are los­ing faith — not just in the cur­rent gov­ern­ment but in the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in gen­eral.

“I don’t re­ally care what some­body’s pol­i­tics used to be or what some­body’s pol­i­tics is per­ceived to be. What I care about is we’re Is­lan­ders first and the de­ci­sions we make as a gov­ern­ment should be com­pleted through that lens of peo­ple first.”

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