Last month, I received a Christmas gift that filled my heart with pride, nourished my soul with nostalgia and flooded my brain with historical, political facts. This gift was the impressive book, "A Party in Progress: The P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Party, 1770-2000‚ÄĚ written by Leonard Cusack and published by the P.C. Historical Society.
Personally, I have been involved in politics for over 50 years, and this book "tells it as it is".
I wish to congratulate Mr. Cusack for doing such a wonderful job of portraying the history of Island politicians, including both the "blue" and the "red" sides.
As I read this book, I was ecstatic and felt great pride as I reminisced that even Liberals loved Conservative Premier Pat Binns.
This should be a reminder that extraordinary things can happen when respect and teamwork are kept in the forefront.
As a person of great interest in the political issues involving Islanders, I wish to sincerely thank Leonard Cusack for taking me down memory lane. We used to have balanced budgets and we accomplished a great deal of work, including building new hospitals and new schools. Oh, the good old days!
I also wish to thank my daughter for buying me this book (I will tell her that it was worth every penny and more), and I hope to encourage any Islander who has an interest in the well-being of their society and their heritage, to add to their collection this book that hosts a wealth of political knowledge.
Roger "Co-op" Arsenault