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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Borden-Kinkora MLA Jamie Fox says he’s contemplating a run for the Conservatives within the subsequent federal election.
Fox, a former minister of fisheries and communities within the first time period of Premier Dennis King’s authorities, mentioned he has been requested by individuals in his district to run within the driving of Malpeque.
Fox confirmed to SaltWire on June 12 that he’s contemplating operating after he was requested in regards to the proposed federal clear gasoline rules.
The rules, dubbed a “second carbon tax” by federal Conservative Chief Pierre Poilievre, are aimed toward lowering the emissions of oil corporations however may imply extra worth will increase for fuels in Atlantic Canada.
Fox has raised the clear gasoline rules repeatedly throughout query interval within the P.E.I. legislature this spring. He referred to the rules as a “double Trudeau tax” on Could 23.
Fox says his questions in regards to the clear gasoline rules will not be associated to a federal run for workplace.
“Am I desirous about operating? Sure, I’m,” Fox mentioned.
“I’ve had lots of people throughout the Island method me to run. Sure, that is a truth. However this right here is – strictly, truthfully – I do not suppose individuals can afford it. And I do not wish to see individuals harm,” Fox mentioned.
“Am I desirous about operating? Sure, I’m.” – Borden-Kinkora MLA Jamie Fox
Fox was one among 9 PC MLAs who was not given a cupboard place following his occasion’s win within the provincial election on April 3.
There have been hints that Fox was contemplating a federal run for extra a month.
Fox attended an occasion in Summerside in early Could with Melissa Lantsman, deputy chief of the federal Conservative Social gathering of Canada. On the primary day of the legislative sitting, he additionally gave a greeting to constituents within the Malpeque district.
If Fox did run, he would seemingly face the district’s present MP, Liberal Heath MacDonald. A former P.E.I. Liberal minister of finance within the Wade MacLauchlan authorities, MacDonald ran and gained the seat within the 2021 election after the retirement of long-time MP Wayne Easter.
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Stu Neatby is a political reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He could be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @stu_neatby.