Two candidates vying for Liberal Egmont candidacy

Mike Carson
Published on June 13, 2014
Andrew Campbell, president of the Liberal Egmont Riding Association, (center) meets Egmont hopefuls Gilles Arsenault (left) and Robert Gallant at the party’s Red Oak Dinner. Both men are seeking the opportunity to challenge Gail Shea for the Egmont seat.
Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE -  It was a who’s who of Liberals as the party gathered at the Silver Fox Curling an Yacht Club, Friday night, to accept two candidates to vie for the chance to unseat Egmont MP Gail Shea in the 2015 election.

Educator Gilles Arsenault and Summerside businessman Robert Gallant have put their names forward seeking the party’s nomination, Nov. 22.

Arsenault said the concerns that are being experienced in Egmont are the same throughout Canada.

”I think there are many issues not only in Egmont but throughout the country,” Arsenault said. “We’re looking at social justice issue. We’re looking at poverty. We’re looking at economic growth in different areas. We’re looking at women’s issues. We’re looking at First Nation issues. We’re looking at a variety of issues  and Egmont is no different that any other jurisdiction.”

He said as a Liberal government he hopes to be able to advance those agendas.

Gallant said the government that’s in power is not doing a good job.

“I don’t think they are being fair to the Atlantic Provinces,” said. “I believe that Justin Trudeau is going to be a great leader. He sealed the deal for me when he became leader of the Liberal Party.

Veterans’ issues are a priority for Gallant.

”I think the way veterans have been treated is a big issue.” he said.

Gallant also pointed to the five week that the Harper Government took away from the EI program as another main issue.

”It’s really hurting us business wise and it’s hurting the seasonal industries really bad.”

Check Monday’s Journal Pioneer for complete interviews with both candidates.