News Release Sent to all Island Media on Saturday, December 1, 2018
Dr. Kevin J Arsenault, a native of Kinkora, PEI, has officially entered the race to lead the P.E.I. PC Party into the next general election. Arsenault was given the nod by the Candidates Evaluation Committee on the last day available for prospective candidates to submit their application.
“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to seek the leadership of the PC Party,” Arsenault said. “And I’m especially looking forward to debating my fellow candidates so I can share my vision and plans for the future of PEI.”
Arsenault obtained a PhD in ethics from McGill University. He has designed and taught numerous courses in ethics and religious studies as an adjunct professor at UPEI over a 20-year period, and has had a long and successful career advocating for social justice as the leader of several national and provincial organizations.
In the late 1980s, Arsenault led a successful campaign against Canada Post’s plan to close all 5,200 rural post offices in Canada, serving as President of Rural Dignity of Canada.
In the early 1990s, Arsenault undertook an independent investigation into the infamous PVYn Potato virus scandal which spurred two separate class-action lawsuits against the Federal government. Arsenault acted as the senior investigator and lead consultant on lawsuits representing separate groups of PEI and NB potato farmers, resulting in separate $15 million payouts to both PEI and NB growers.
Arsenault served as the Executive Director of the National Farmers Union (NFU) for two years in the early 1990s, then the Executive Director of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto for two years. After returning to PEI, he then served as the Executive Director of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) from 2000 – 2010. During this time he also served two terms as the President of the Atlantic Regional Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA), and was the Atlantic representative on the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR). Since leaving the Newcomers Association, Arsenault has worked as an organic market gardener, consultant, and independent investigative reporter.
“My education and extensive leadership experience have prepared me for the job of leading our province at a crucial time in our history. We urgently need to confront and solve a host of interrelated social, economic and environmental issues that can no longer be ignored…and I believe I’m the person for that job.” Arsenault stated. “Quite frankly, our government has not been operating ethically; our social development is no longer sustainable; and our economy has been favouring the wealthiest Island families.” Arsenault added.
“If I’m chosen PC Party leader – and then become Premier of P.E.I. – I will enact policies which will immediately restore integrity to government and put an end to the persistent corruption and self-serving scandals that have made PEI a national embarrassment under the Liberals during the past decade.”
“We need an entirely new approach that puts ethics back into government, restores health and peace to families, and brings stability and prosperity to our communities. My vision for PEI will promote an economic model that sustains our land and water, restores democratic power to communities, and respects the dignity of all Islanders by providing them with an equal opportunity to live a fulfilling and successful life.” Arsenault stated. “I have faith in Islanders, and I’m confident they will get behind my vision and plan for a truly just and sustainable future for our Island.”
Arsenault will be officially launching his leadership campaign at a town hall gathering at the Murchison Centre in Charlottetown this coming Wednesday, December 5, at 7pm.
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