'Party is fully behind me,' says Crane
Proposal for P.C. leadership review coming
P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Leader Olive Crane says she has no concerns about a potential review of her leadership before the next provincial election.
Last year party members voted to keep Crane on as leader until after the 2015 election, but PC member and former party organizer Jason Lee is proposing an amendment to that policy. He will bring forward a motion at the party's meeting in November that would require an automatic leadership review 26 months after a provincial election.
Crane said the proposal does not worry her.
'Our party is fully behind me, membership-wise caucus-wise, and also Islanders," Crane told CBC News Tuesday.
"I am comfortable … that the entire party are going to support me continuing as leader of the party."
Lee sent his proposal for the amendment to many party members Monday night.
"This issue is not about Olive Crane," said Lee.
"This is about democracy and giving the members of the PC party a voice, giving them an opportunity to express their opinions on the leadership and whether we should have a leadership review."
If the amendment passes there would be a vote on Crane's Leadership in 2013. -- instead of after the next provincial election in 2015.
"I'm giving our current leader a great opportunity to get this issue behind her," said Lee.
"If she can't get it behind her we'll do whatever the next steps are to get a new leader. I don't know what the outcome would be on a vote on Olive Crane's leadership."
Progressive Conservative Party President Sylvia Poirier admits some party members are questioning whether Crane should lead the Tories into the next election.
"We have been hearing from some members that they wish to address the leadership issue, while others are happy with allowing the amendment to stand as is," said Poirier.
UPEI political scientist Don Desserud said the Tories are confident that if they play their cards right they will form a provincial government in 2015, but some are nervous about whether Crane is the leader to lay their money on.
"What they're afraid of is coming into the next election and then stumbling," said Desserud.
"They're not sure, at least some people are not sure, what role the leader is going to play in that."
The party will hold its annual meeting Nov. 3.