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Dr. Dickieson and the P.E.I. NDP

The Story

In 1936 the P.E.I. CCF party congregated and held its first meeting. Sixty years later, as the New Democratic Party, it has finally made progress and won a seat in the legislature. Dr. Herb Dickieson, representing the West Prince riding, has gained support for being an outspoken critic of patronage, cutbacks and a declining social welfare state. He speaks to CBC Radio's As It Happens about his win and the long socialist drought on the Island. 

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Nov. 19, 1996
Guest(s): Herb Dickieson
Host: Barbara Budd, Michael Enright
Duration: 7:12

Did You know?

• P.E.I. was the last province to elect an NDP candidate to the provincial legislature.
• Dickieson attributed his win to the growing discontent with Liberal cuts to health care, education and public service wages.

• Dickieson was especially unsympathetic of the provincial patronage system. In 1997 in This magazine, he said that on "Prince Edward Island, political patronage is at the point where if you are working on a highway, driving a snowplow, doing any job for the government, the Liberals and Conservatives here have hired you on the basis of their political preference."
• Dickieson was defeated in the 2000 election. He retired from politics in 2002.



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