STORY CONTINUES BELOW THESE SALTWIRE VIDEOS
Protests and counter-protests | SaltWire
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Following a Sept. 18 byelection, Brian Poirier is Alberton’s new mayor.
He’s excited to begin his new place.
“It feels nice,” mentioned Poirier. “I’m actually wanting ahead to it.”
Three candidates had put their identify ahead for mayor, together with Poirier, Rosetta Tremblay and Chester Adams.
The election comes months after the dying of the city’s earlier mayor, David Gordon.
Alberton-born Poirier had been residing in Ontario earlier than transferring again to the city two years in the past. Shortly after, he stepped into the position of councillor. He had by no means earlier than been concerned in politics, however he was retired and needed to become involved within the city.
“I’ll be on the workplace day-after-day,” mentioned Poirier. “If individuals need to are available in and see me and speak to me, they’re greater than welcome to. I need to be a hands-on mayor.”
Poirier hopes that his new place will assist him convey extra reasonably priced housing to the city, and maintain Western Hospital totally functioning.
Forward of the byelection, there have been additionally three vacant council positions to fill. On Sept. 1, the day nominations closed, the city introduced on its Fb web page that Cameron Boyce, Maureen Chaisson and Holly Gordon had been acclaimed to the seats.
Gordon, the earlier mayor’s daughter, is proud to be in town council – particularly realizing she’s following in her father’s footsteps.
Gordon first needed to run for council in 2019, however determined in opposition to it, as her father was nonetheless mayor on the time.
“I needed to attend as a result of I didn’t need all the things that I completed to be related to my dad being the mayor, and me type of getting what I needed,” she mentioned. “I used to be type of placing it off. Some day, it’ll be my flip.”
When her father was sick, Gordon promised him that she would do no matter she may to proceed his legacy and fulfill his needs. A type of needs, she mentioned, was to see her on council.
“It type of jump-started me into getting my identify on the market,” she mentioned.
“I’m certain he’s fairly proud.”
As a councillor, Gordon mentioned she desires to assist clear up the city and desires to assist entice youthful households to Alberton.
“I need to work with whoever I can work with to see the city develop.”
Kristin Gardiner is a reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. She may be reached by e mail at [email protected] and adopted on X @KristinGardiner.