Island New Democrat leader, Michelle Neill
Island New Democrat leader, Michelle Neill

Michelle Neill

On January 16, Michelle Neill announced her intentions to run for the position of leader at this year's leadership convention.

Michelle comes from an almost 30 year career in the federal public service. She’s held various roles including team leader and assistant manager. Shortly after starting her career, she quickly involved herself in her union as a local representative. During her time there, she took on roles as steward and president. This helped her prepare for being part of the national PSAC bargaining teams in 1999-2000 and 2018-2020.

Locally, she involves herself in community organizations including Wings on Ice Skating Club, the Charlottetown Figure Skating Club, North Star Minor Hockey Association, Skate PEI, and Hockey PEI, and most recently with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Central PEI.

She calls herself very fortunate to have an extremely supportive family, where her husband of 29 years, Robbie, and children, Keila (pronounced Kayla) and Taylor, have always supported her passion to help others even though it often meant time away from the family to gain specialized training. 

In her closing remarks, Neill commented “As leader of the Island New Democrats I will be a strong voice in leading this party to be the change that Islanders need and desire.”

Leadership Convention

Island New Democrats will meet on the afternoon of April 2 following the annual AGM, to vote for the party's new leader.

Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean
5 Acadian Dr, Charlottetown, PE

What Michelle is fighting for


Healthcare is a main concern for Islanders. The last six months has demonstrated this more than ever. At the beginning of the pandemic we underestimated the toll this virus would have on our ability to meet other medical needs. As we're seeing in Moncton, a paramount concern is the need to pay attention to long-term care facilities.

A New Democratic Party would make sure these important issues are addressed.

  • An increased investment in healthcare. With the continuing fight and a possible second wave, we need to be ready. Increased investment, PPE equipment, faster testing, staffing and protocols must be implemented for COVID, and other medical needs.
  • A fully funded public pharmacare system
  • Expansion and improvement of our publicly provided mental health care system
  • The recent situation in a Moncton long term care facility shines a light on cracks in this important sector. Seniors account for a large number of our population and care for them is a priority. To truly have a proper health care system, publicly owned, long-term care facilities must be part of the health care conversation. And Island New Democratic government would see to this.
  • Development of publicly funded programs for essential dental and vision care


The need for rent that is geared to income is very great on PEI. The numbers of those in the PEI Housing waiting list is only a percentage of the need. We need a bold vision to permanently relieve the difficulty affording rent felt by so many Islanders.

Why pubic housing rather than private market housing?

The policy of using taxpayer’s money to provide private developers with grants and loans to create rental housing doesn’t provide a solution which will take care of future generations. At the end of the contract (12, 15 or 20 years) the community is left with nothing while the developer has a valuable asset which it can convert to whatever it wants – luxury apartments, hotel, Airbnb etc. It’s not a policy with any long-term vision or any concern for future generations.

  • We want to build housing which is attractive and with better amenities than anything the private sector can provide for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
  • Low- and moderate-income families need stability and security in their home – free of the threat of eviction for renovations, demolitions, or for change of use of their apartment.
  • Rents will be geared to income – not determined by the market
  • Our homes will be in the heart of cities and towns as well as in rural areas
  • Buildings can be owned by co-operatives, private non-profits, community land trusts or municipal or provincial governments.
  • Advanced building codes need to be implemented for new constructions and retrofits. Currently there is no climate change forethought in these new constructions. They should be equal to net-zero in terms of sustainability.


It is the role of government to create policies and programs to ensure that every person living in Prince Edward Island has a livable income without having to rely on charity to meet their basic needs. The NDP-PEI believes that it is possible to eliminate poverty by redistributing wealth on the basis of a fair tax system, and by investing in public services.

  • Making minimum wage a livable wage, to be evaluated on an annual basis
  • Implementing, in cooperation with the federal government, a Basic Income Guarantee pilot project
  • Social assistance rates that match the real costs of living, and which are evaluated on an annual basis
  • First contract legislation to help unions get a first contract with an employer
  • Working towards greater power for workers in the workplace


When we speak of affordable housing, accessible transportation needs to be part of the plan.
 Charlottetown-Winsloe residents require affordable access to the rest of the city.

  • People who don’t own a car, or don’t want to own or drive a car for climate justice reasons, need affordable transportation to get to work, to appointments, to shopping and recreational activities.
  • We need to get out of our cars and into public transit in order to meet our CO2 emissions targets
  • Many Islanders, especially seniors are isolated due to lack of transportation
  • Children in low-income families which don’t own a car are excluded from after-school activities or recreational activities and sports because they have no transportation.
  • Our car dominated society forces us to pave over lands which have important ecological roles.

The NDP-PEI believes that the only way to provide an efficient, affordable and comprehensive Island-wide public transit system is through public investment and ownership.

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