CHARLOTTETOWN – Opposition Leader Olive Crane announced today she will be
stepping down as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
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Opposition leader Olive Crane speaks to the business community at the Summerside Chamber of Commerce's President's Dinner Wednesday night. Crane suggested creating a "centre of excellence" in the city to train both local and immigrant workers to fill skill shortages in the labour force.
“Today, I wish to announce that I have made a very difficult decision. I have decided that I will no longer serve as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.”
Crane said, that it was a decision that she did not take lightly.
“I told my party during two annual general meetings that I would always put the interests of the Progressive Conservative party first, and that I would not hesitate to step down, if I felt that in doing so, I would be serving the best interests of my party. Today, I stand by my words and I feel that I am making the best decision for all concerned.”
Crane offered assurances that she will continue to represent the constituents in her district of Morell-Mermaid.
“My constituents have shown me overwhelming loyalty by having elected me three times to serve as their voice in the Legislative Assembly and I look forward to continuing to serve them into the future.”
Crane and her Opposition Conservatives have continued to lose political support this quarter, despite numerous controversial government decisions and cuts, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.
The results show the Progressive Conservatives are polling at 28 per cent, down from 32 per cent last August. Crane’s personal support has also dropped from 24 per cent to 19 per cent.
This puts Crane just three points ahead of newly elected NDP Leader Mike Redmond, who gained four points this quarter garnering 15 per cent personal support.