Dick­ieson seek­ing New Demo­crat nom­i­na­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN Colin.Ma­cLean@Jour­nalPioneer.com Twit­ter.com/Jour­nalPMacLean

Herb Dick­ieson is aim­ing to once again plant the NDP ban­ner in the P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture.

Dick­ieson in­tends to seek the party’s nom­i­na­tion for District 25, O’Leary-In­ver­ness.

The Howlan res­i­dent has served the West Prince re­gion as a physi­cian for more than 30 years but re­tired from medicine last year.

With that new­found free­dom comes more time on his hands and he would like to spend some of it once again serv­ing his com­mu­nity in the leg­is­la­ture.

“I just re­ally think I can help make a con­tri­bu­tion to re­vi­tal­ize ru­ral Prince Ed­ward Is­land,” he said.

Dick­ieson has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the province’s only NDP MLA. He pre­vi­ously served in the leg­is­la­ture from 19962000 and served as the party leader from 1995-2002.

“De­spite West Prince and ru­ral ar­eas be­ing a prime source of wealth on the Is­land with agri­cul­ture, the fish­eries and power gen­er­a­tion through wind­mills, we are woe­fully un­der ser­viced in many ways, in­clud­ing health care, trans­porta­tion and in­fras­truc­ture, as well as job cre­ation.” Herb Dick­ieson

Ru­ral P.E.I. re­mains his con­cern, he said, and if elected he hopes to fight for is­sues to strengthen that part of the Is­land com­mu­nity.

“De­spite West Prince and ru­ral ar­eas be­ing a prime source of wealth on the Is­land with agri­cul­ture, the fish­eries and power gen­er­a­tion through wind­mills, we are woe­fully un­der ser­viced in many ways, in­clud­ing health care, trans­porta­tion and in­fras­truc­ture, as well as job cre­ation.”

Leader Joe Byrne wel­comed Dick­ieson’s lat­est foray into pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics.

“Herb brings that past ex­pe­ri­ence, very valu­able, but also some­thing that peo­ple value – Herb is deeply com­mit­ted to his com­mu­nity and well-known. He’s a good can­di­date and we’re re­ally happy to have him as part of the team.”

No date for the party’s nom­i­na­tion meet­ing in District 25 has been set.

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