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Joe Ghiz and Jim Lee campaign for votes

The Story

"I'm going to vote Liberal or else my ancestors will come back and haunt me," says one voter about the upcoming election. For generations, P.E.I. families have maintained an unwavering party loyalty. But now, as the fishing and agricultural industries decline and young people leave the Island to seek their futures elsewhere the political ties that bind are deteriorating. In this CBC documentary, Conservative Premier Jim Lee and Liberal challenger Joe Ghiz work the campaign trails in a changing political atmosphere. 

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: April 18, 1986
Guest(s): Joe Ghiz, Jim Leigh, Fred McCardle, Jim McNeil
Host: Paul Griffin, Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Susan Harada
Duration: 12:19

Did You know?

• Jim Lee was born on March 26, 1937, in Charlottetown. He studied at St. Dunstan's University in Charlottetown, and was trained as an architectural draftsman. He served as premier from 1982 to 1986 before being defeated by Liberal leader Joe Ghiz.
• Lee later became the P.E.I. chair of the Workers' Compensation Board and served as a member of the Canadian Pension Commission. He also continued to be active in community associations on the Island.

• Joe Ghiz was born on Jan. 27, 1945, in Charlottetown.
• Ghiz studied commerce and law at Dalhousie University. He then completed his MA in law at Harvard University.
• Ghiz led the Liberals to capture 21 seats over the Conservatives' 11 in the 1986 election. Of Lebanese heritage, Ghiz became the first Canadian premier of non-European descent.
• On May 29, 1989, Ghiz was returned to office, winning 30 of the 32 seats in the legislature.

• Ghiz raised the province's stature by playing an active role in championing the Charlottetown and Meech Lake accords and by fighting against free trade. He also steered the province through the tumultuous debate over the Confederation Bridge.


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