Statement from Opposition Leader James Aylward

Charlottetown – James Aylward, Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the PC Party of Prince Edward Island, today issued the following statement:

“When I first entered politics in 2011 it was so that I could help as many people in my community as possible and find a way to make their lives better.

When I was elected leader of the PC Party of Prince Edward Island last year, it was with a similar mission. I wanted to provide Islanders with a new vision for Prince Edward Island, one that would ultimately grow our economy and strengthen families. One that would help our farmers and our fishers. One that would appeal to those living in both urban and rural communities.

It has become clear to me over the past couple of months that despite my best efforts, I have not been able to make a strong enough connection with Islanders.

With an election coming next year, I want to provide the PC Party with the best opportunity to win and I want to ensure that all Islanders have an opportunity to elect a PC government that will be able to deliver on the promise of making this province the best in Canada to live, work and raise a family.

So today I am announcing my resignation as leader of the PC Party of Prince Edward Island. I will continue to serve as leader until such time as a successor is chosen.

I would like to thank members of the PC Party, Caucus, and most importantly, my family for all of their support over the past year and I look forward to continuing to serve as the MLA for Stratford – Kinlock and look forward to running again in the next election.”