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On March 15, 2019, I posted an article titled Setting a Date for a PEI Election and the E-gaming Elephant in the Room predicting that Premier MacLauchlan would call an election to be held on Tuesday, April 23rd.  

I also made the following statement:

I sincerely hope I’m wrong with my prediction and that the election happens much later in the Spring, or even next Fall: Islanders deserve to see the same information on e-gaming that the Judge will be presented on April 23-27, 2019 before deciding who should be in government.

Last Friday on CBC Compass, political panel members, Rick MacLean and Paul MacNeil, both talked about how it would make absolutely no sense for the Liberal government to call the election before opening the House on April 2nd and presenting a budget. MacNeil said it would be a “major sign that the ship Liberal is in disarray” and MacLean said “the idea of not presenting a budget before you go to the polls really makes no sense.” Take a listen:

What MacLean and MacNeil obviously failed to factor into their predictive analysis were the dates of the upcoming e-gaming court hearing.

Why I predicted April 23 is my belief that MacLauchlan is terrified of the information and news coverage that’s going to come out from the four (4) days of court hearings scheduled with the Capital Markets Technology (CMT) lawsuit in the PEI Supreme Court starting on April 23rd. By the time the first news reports on that come out, the voting will be all but over!

I’ve been working diligently on the final three segments of my promised 4-part series titled “A conspiracy to commit Fraud,” and hope to have the major part of that series “Part 2: The e-gaming Loan,” out before the end of this week.

I will be checking daily for the cross-examination transcripts and factums likely to be filed with the court in advance of the court hearing in early April – making them public documents and giving me (and hopefully all media political reporters) a couple of weeks to report on what those documents contain.

That the MacLauchlan government would make one final attempt to hoodwink Islanders on something so serious and keep them in the dark about e-gaming is scandalous. So much for openness, transparency and accountability.

We’ve endured a 4 year stretch of cover-ups, deletion of documents, obfuscation and denials from the MacLauchlan government. His calling the election just ahead of the e-gaming court hearing in a bid to gain re-election is a fitting “swan song” for this death-bed government.

swan song. A final accomplishment or performance, one’s last work. … This term alludes to the old belief that swans normally are mute but burst into beautiful song moments before they die.