2015 Candidates

Michael Redmond
Party Leader- District 3 Candidate
Mike Redmond is a long-time champion of his community with roots deep in the Island. He and his Partner, Aleida Tweten live in Valleyfield, outside Montague with their five children. Mike’s roots reach across rural PEI via his parents, whose families are from Kelley’s Cross and Fort Augustus/Montague.
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Susan Birt
District 1
Susan Birt is a lifelong resident of Eastern Kings, Ms. Birt was the Administrator of the Colville Manor in Souris from 1984 to 1990. Susan worked as Regional Manager of Eastern Kings Community & Residential Services from 1990 to 1994. She then served as CEO of Eastern Kings Health Region from 1994-1997. During the period of 1997 to 2004, Susan was the Provincial Director of Child, Family & Community Services.
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Nathan Bushey
District 2
In 2012 the Liberal gov’t were aiming on closing rural dialysis units in favor of centralizing services in Charlottetown and Summerside. Nathan took the initiative and formed “Islandwide Dialysis Patient Support Group” to combat the impending closure. Through perseverance, continual pressure on the government and partnering with the P.E.I. Kidney Foundation, ( which he had fundraised for in the past), Nathan battled and overturned their decision
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Alan Hicken
District 4
Alan Hicken was a member of the PEI Environmental Advisory Council from 2006-2012 and served as Council Chair for the final 1½ years of his term. He is a strong advocate of maintaining the moratorium on deep water wells.
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Kathleen Romans
District 5
Kathleen Romans has worked as a substitute teacher, ESL tutor and is a complimentary health practitioner. She is also a graduate of Holland College’s Small Business Computer Management program.
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Chris Van Ouwerkerk
District 6
Chris van Ouwerkerk is a life-long resident of Stratford. He owns and runs Jercules: Fine Beef Jerky, a small snack food business, and is currently enrolled at the University of New Brunswick Law School in Fredericton. He ran for the party in District 6 in the 2011 general election.
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Edith Perry
District 7
Edith Perry was short-listed last year as an “Everyday Political Citizen”, celebrating the un-sung heroes of Canadian democracy. Her years of volunteering for social justice causes, from empowering young women as a Girl Guide leader to her anti-poverty advocacy as a member of PEI Working Group for a Livable Income, have made Perry a leader in the progressive community. She is also an active member of Women’s Institute.
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Jason Murray
District 8
Jason Murray works as a supervisor of a courier company, and makes part of his living in agriculture as a relief milker and horse owner. He also volunteers as a minor football coach. He is a Navy veteran.
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Gordon Gay
District 9
Gordon Gay has been employed with the English Language School Board for the last 18 years. He is President of CUPE Local 1775, having previously served as Chief Shop Steward and Vice-President.
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Karalee McAskill
District 10
Karalee McAskill is a graduate of Charlottetown Rural High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from UPEI and a Diploma as Wildlife Conservation Technician from Holland College.
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Andrew Watts
District 11
Andrew Watts is a lobster fisherman out of Covehead. He also works in the Alberta oil fields. He’s a life-long Islander who is raising his family in District 11. His five-year-old son goes to Parkdale Elementary.
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Chris Clay
District 12
Chris Clay has worked for Canada Post for seven years, the last four years as a letter carrier. He is the President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers local 30.
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Bob MacLean
District 13
MacLean says his priorities will be holding government accountable for their actions, promoting fiscal responsibility and increased transparency in all areas of government.
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Gord McNeilly
District 14
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick, Gord helped found Charlottetown’s UFIT Inc. with his wife, Eireann Rigby. Gord has taught over 1,500 fitness classes and delivered hundreds of keynote motivational presentations.
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Peter Meggs
District 15
Peter Meggs is a retired educator, having served most recently as Special Education Coordinator at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. From 2003 to 2007, he was a member of the Executive of the PEI Teachers’ Federation, and was a Resource teacher at East Wiltshire, Bluefield, and Summerside Intermediate schools.
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Jennifer Coughlin
District 16
Coughlin is a former Easter Seals Ambassador, and graduate of Holland College’s Business Administration program.
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Jesse Reddin-Cousins
District 17
Leah-Jane Hayward
District 18
Leah-Jane Hayward is an entrepreneur and homemaker who with her late husband Tom, ran a bakery out of their home in North Wilshire and sold their baked goods at the Charlottetown Farmers Market.
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Aleida Tweten
District 19
Aleida Tweten has completed her BSc at UPEI and her MSc through the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College focusing on Equine Nutrition. As a mother of a growing family, she values PEI as a safe and beautiful place to raise children.
Joe Larkin
District 20
Joe Larkin lives in Wilmot Valley and grew up in Cornwall. He holds a BBA first class standing with minor in economics from University of Prince Edward Island.
Scott Gaudet
District 21
Scott is a letter carrier in, previously serving as President of CUPW Local 129 in Summerside and as elected Alternate National Trustee.
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Olivia Wood
District 22
Olivia Wood is a 4th year Applied Print Media student at UPEI, and former intern at the Journal Pioneer.
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Jacqueline Tuplin
District 23
Jacqueline Tuplin has worked as a technical advisor, monitor and fishery warden in aboriginal fisheries in Nova Scotia and PEI. She has also worked as a community officer with HRDC and a director’s assistant with the Lennox Island First Nations Development Corporation. She served on the Aboriginal Women’s Association, six years as the Eastern Youth Representative and then as President for eight years.
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Grant Gallant
District 24
Grant Gallant is a security guard at Prince County Hospital, volunteer fire fighter and an avid volunteer with the Acadian Festival.
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Billy Mackendrick
District 25
A sales and marketing manager, Billy Mackendrick is the grandson of Mark and Hattie Coughlin, local fishing people who always cared about and worked to help their neighbours. He attended Ellerslie, Hernwood, Westisle and Three Oaks schools.
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Orville Lewis
District 26
Orville Lewis is a lifelong resident of PEI. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, Legal researcher and currently as an employee of Canada Revenue Agency. Orville is running in this election because he is concerned about the future of this Province, and he wants to help bring good government back to our Legislature. He also believes that District 26 has not been well- represented in the past and he hopes to change this fact.
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John A'Hearn
District 27
John A’Hearn runs his own IT business, “Big John’s Computers”, now in its fifth year of operation.
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