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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — PC Chief Dennis King stated he’s greater than humbled by the April 3 provincial election outcomes.
King’s PCs gained 22 of P.E.I.’s 27 districts.
“We must always make no mistake that Island votes right here tonight rendered a verdict – and so they rendered it loudly and clearly – and that verdict is that constructive politics is alive and properly right here in Prince Edward Island,” King instructed a boisterous room stuffed with supporters on the P.E.I. Conference Centre in Charlottetown.
King stated he confronted loads of skeptics 4 years in the past when he led the PC occasion to energy promising a recent model of politics.
“It was a method the place we stated we wouldn’t sling mud and we wouldn’t sow discord, the place we wouldn’t give into negativity, the place we’d speak about our concepts, our plan. We did it for 4 years and we did it for 4 weeks and we did it right here tonight.”
King spent election evening watching the outcomes are available in with dozens of supporters at Concord Home in Hunter River. He confirmed little emotion whereas supporters roared with approval when the outcomes have been constructive and quiet once they weren’t.
The race between New Haven-Rocky Level PC candidate Donalda Docherty and Inexperienced occasion Chief Peter Bevan-Baker, who gained by round 100 votes, had everybody on the sting of their seats all evening.
Docherty was certainly one of 5 unsuccessful PC candidates who ran within the election.
“Even in case you didn’t get the consequence that you simply needed tonight, we’re very grateful that you simply have been within the course of,” King stated. “It was not for an absence of effort … it was simply that they fell a little bit bit brief.”
The premier-elect additionally had form phrases for Bevan-Baker, who returns to the legislature, and for Liberal Chief Sharon Cameron and NDP Chief Michelle Neill, each of whom went right down to defeat.
“Peter and I’ve been via this earlier than, however for Michelle and Sharon, this was the primary time as occasion leaders. It was an awesome alternative to get to know them. Despite the fact that now we have totally different concepts, I’ve nothing however respect for them as people.”
Dave Stewart is a reporter with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. He might be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @DveStewart.