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Pitching P.E.I.: Conservative leadership candidates make their pitch to P.E.I. voters – Prince Edward Island

P.E.I. packs a political punch when it comes to the upcoming Conservative leadership vote. 

Each riding, regardless of the number of members, counts equally toward the vote. So P.E.I.’s four ridings are worth as much to these candidates as any riding in the country.

There are about 1,000 members of the Conservative party on P.E.I. eligible to cast a ballot for leader.

The winner will be announced on May 27 in Toronto.

Erin O’Toole, Chris Alexander, Lisa Raitt, Deepak Obhrai, Pierre Lemieux, Rick Peterson, Andrew Scheer, Maxime Bernier, Steven Blaney, Kevin O’Leary, Kellie Leitch, Michael Chong, Andrew Sexton and Brad Trost, left to right, participate in the Conservative leadership candidates’ debate, in Halifax on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Conservatives vote for a new party leader on May 27, 2017. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Eleven of the candidates visited Prince Edward Island in person over the course of the leadership campaign.

We asked all of 13 of the candidates to make their pitch —in two to three sentences — for why Island Conservatives should choose them as the party’s next leaders.

Here is how they responded. The candidates’ responses have been sorted in alphabetical order, by first name:

Andrew Saxton

“I have over 30 years of experience in finance in the private sector and in government,” Saxton wrote.

Candidate Andrew Saxton addresses a Conservative Party leadership debate Monday, February 13, 2017 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

“I am the only candidate with a plan to balance the budget within two years of taking office — I was part of the team that balanced the budget in 2015 and I can do it again.”

“I know Atlantic Canada is extremely important to our country and party and that’s why I’ve been here in P.E.I. so often listening to the concerns of our members.”

Andrew Scheer

“Coming from Saskatchewan, I have seen what happens when our young people have had to move away to find work. It should not have…

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