Independent P.E.I. MLA Olive Crane has been getting some tips on how to make it in the legislature on your own from former Progressive Conservative leader Pat Mella.

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Olive Crane said inviting Pat Mella to the legislature was not a political move. (CP)

Mella was the one-person official Opposition from 1993 to 1996. Crane, also a former PC leader, is the lone independent in the house after being tossed from the Tory caucus in October.

On Friday, Mella accepted an invite from Crane to sit in the gallery while Crane read a tribute. They also took some time to talk strategy.

"She's able to give a lot of suggestions of how you utilize the House, and utilize the time, and different ways you can communicate and get your message apart," said Crane.

"There's many things that Pat and I share and she is a true Progressive Conservative."

Crane said inviting Mella to the house was not in itself a political move.

In an email to CBC News, Mella provided this comment on Crane's position.

"It's no secret that I have supported Olive in the past," she wrote.

"I am not privy to what led to her expulsion from caucus. Obviously it was a high-risk political move."

Mella said she hopes the party can reunite under a new leader after a leadership convention next fall.

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