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Egmont MP Gail Shea
Count Egmont MP Gail Shea among those questioning Hal Perry’s claim that the federal government’s controversial EI reforms was a primary push for the Tory-turned-Grit to cross the floor.
Last week the newly minted Liberal MLA Perry said he warned the Progressive Conservatives weeks ago he would do something drastic if barred from speaking out against much-maligned changes to employment insurance that were causing harm to many of his constituents.
That explanation doesn’t wash with Shea, the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans who one could only suspect voted for then fellow Tory Perry in the previous provincial election.
“Well, you know, one of the reasons why I don’t buy that reason for Hal crossing the floor is that Hal has only once called my office for a meeting on this and after the meeting was set up, he cancelled it,’’ said Shea
“So we couldn’t set up a subsequent meeting. If it was that big of an issue, I’m sure he would have spoken to me. We live very close to each other.’’
Shea also offered her thoughts on the provincial Tories, seen by some as a dysfunctional and disillusioned lot that seem unable to stop shooting themselves in the foot.
On the heels of Perry’s defection, interim PC Party leader Steven Myers unceremoniously dumped his predecessor Olive Crane from the party.
“So I don’t know what has happened with the PC Party on P.E.I. over the last year but one can just assume looking in that there has been a lot of infighting and that the party now has to move forward,’’ says Shea.
“I don’t believe there is anywhere to move but up from here.’’