Gilles Arsenault wants to go to Ottawa.
The president of the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation said he sees the best route to the nation’s capital travelling through the Liberal party, more specifically as the Liberal candidate for riding of Egmont.
Monday, Arsenault made his interests known.
Arsenault has a long-standing career as a teacher for the French Language School Board, teaching many years at Evangeline School before becoming principal.
In 2011, he was elected president of the P.E.I. Teachers’ Federation. In addition to his experience in the educational field, Arsenault said he has a keen interest in business, sports and politics.
“I have always had an interest in politics and a sense of wanting to help others, so this role really appeals to me,” Arsenault said, in a statement issued Monday. “My family is not heavily involved in politics, but sometimes that is not a bad thing as new ideas could surface.”
He also noted that the challenges of the position are not so daunting as he sees himself as having many qualities that will help him live up to expectations.
Arsenault has a Bachelor of Education from Université de Moncton, attended Moncton’s Law School for one year and holds a Master’s Degree in School Administration. He resides in Abram-Village with his wife Léonie and their three boys.
Egmont is currently represented Conservative MP Gail Shea.