Liberals begins nomination meetings for next provincial election

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The next election on Prince Edward Island could be 16 to 23 months away, but Premier Robert Ghiz’s Liberal party is wasting no time getting ready for that election.

The Liberal party has scheduled three nominating conventions.

This Wednesday, the District 9 Liberal association in York – Oyster Bed will hold its nominating convention at L.M. Montgomery School in Charlottetown at 7 p.m.

Robert Vessey holds that district for the Liberals.

Then on June 3 District 24 Evangeline – Miscouche Liberals will hold their nominating convention at Miscouche Recreation Centre at 7 p.m. Sonny Gallant is the sitting MLA in the district.

The party will hold its District 5, Vernon River - Stratford, nominating meeting on June 19 at St. Joachim’s Hall in Vernon River at 7 p.m. Alan McIsaac holds that seat.

Ewan Clark, president of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island, says the party plans on holding the rest of its nominations in the fall.

“October 2015 will be here before we know it,” said Clark. “The Liberal party is getting ready, organizing and building its team for the next provincial election which will be here before we know it.”

P.E.I’s fixed election date of Oct. 5, 2015, has been changed to April 25, 2016, to avoid a conflict with a federal election expected Oct. 15, 2015.

However, if the federal government goes early — say the spring of 2015 — P.E.I. residents will go to the poll on the original fixed date election of Oct. 5, 2015.

None of the other Island parties have candidates nominated yet.

Organizations: District 9 Liberal association, L.M. Montgomery School, Miscouche Recreation Centre Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Vernon River, York, Charlottetown

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