The Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island has always firmly believed that good government starts with listening to the voice of the people. In the course of the recent Leadership Campaign, I traveled more than 10,000 kilometres around the province to talk with Islanders from every walk of life.
I heard that Prince Edward Islanders are proud of our province. That we have a special sense of place and community, that we are resilient and resourceful. Islanders know that we have challenges, the two greatest of which are economic growth and demographic change. Those are two dominant themes as we look to the future: people and prosperity. A third theme is open government and citizen engagement. Islanders are interested in politics. We lead the country, by long strides, in voter participation. We must build on that, and strive to do even better.
Islanders understand and value leadership. They want leadership that is positive and optimistic. Leadership that is strong, experienced and resourceful. Islanders value and take special pride in our heritage, our landscape and our natural environment. They understand the critical importance of education and health.
My goverment will act on what we have heard. Our priorities will be People, Prosperity, and Engagement. These priorities will be reflected in the actions and initiatives of my Liberal government, and we will engage Prince Edward Islanders as we strive for our province to be the best that we can possibly be.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan