Conservative MP Gail Shea target for Lead Now on P.E.I.

A new group on P.E.I. plans to launch a campaign to encourage those in Egmont to vote strategically to take away the Conservatives’ only seat on the Island.

Gail Shea has not yet decided whether to re-offer

A new group on P.E.I. plans to launch a campaign to encourage those in Egmont to vote strategically to take away the Conservatives’ only seat on the Island.

David MacKay, co-founder of the Egmont chapter of Lead Now, says the group has not yet decided which candidate it will support in its efforts to take the seat away from the Conservatives in the next election. (Laura Chapin/CBC)

Lead Now P.E.I. is part of a national movement to defeat the Conservative government in the federal election through strategic voting in swing ridings.

The Island chapter co-founder David MacKay told CBC News his group will endorse the candidate in Egmont who best supports Lead Now's three principals:  open democracy, a fair economy, and a safe climate.

"Which candidates are most aligned and truly aligned with these issues, these policies, support these issues in their local riding, and secondly who has the best chance of defeating the Conservative candidate,” said MacKay.

MacKay doesn't know yet which candidate Lead Now will endorse in Egmont. So far it's a choice between Liberal Robert Morrissey or NDP Herb Dickieson.

MacKay said national Lead Now has not identified Egmont as a swing riding yet, but the P.E.I. chapter will work locally whether its parent group does or not.

Voting will be on values, says Shea

Gail Shea, who has been the MP for Egmont since 2008, has not yet decided if she will re-offer. (CBC)

Egmont MP Gail Shea, the Conservatives’ sole representative on the Island, has not yet decided if she will re-offer. She has represented Egmont since 2008.

When asked about Lead Now's campaign in her riding, Shea responded in an email.

"I'm sure Islanders will base their choice on their values rather than lobby groups,” Shea wrote.

“I firmly believe that Islanders will be able to see the difference between a serious and experienced leader like Stephen Harper who has managed our country's economy extremely well during the global recession and Justin Trudeau whose priorities are marijuana legalization and abortion."

Lead Now will continue its work on the P.E.I. campaign Thursday night at its monthly meeting in Charlottetown.

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