As a party we must earn the trust of islanders, we begin that process by selecting a leader who Islanders will trust. James Aylward will win that trust, just like he won the trust of the people in Stratford-Kinlock. Our party needs James’ leadership. Our province needs James’ leadership. Please join me in supporting James Aylward as the next leader of the PC Party of Prince Edward Island.
There has never been a more critical time to have someone who actually listens leading our province. Now is our moment. We are a unified party, with members and Islanders alike longing for change. Islanders are looking for a principled government modeled on respect, inclusion, and integrity and above all else, one that will truly act in the best interest of us all.
The future is the reason that we need to support James. Through the many conversations James and I have had, we’ve spoke about the need to foster entrepreneurship and the importance of sustaining small businesses. James understands the struggles and wants to help create an economic climate where small businesses and entrepreneurs will thrive. I am proud to endorse James as the next leader of the PC Party of Prince Edward Island.
James has proudly represented the residents of Stratford-Kinlock for the past six years where I reside. Throughout this time, I have known James to be a hardworking, approachable, compassionate MLA who is truly committed to serving Islanders. I know that he will bring these qualities, and much more, when he is the leader. I am proud to support James in being the next leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island.
He works hard for the people. He makes time for absolutely everyone. He’s championed a lot of tough isses - mental health, addictions and the need for a child advocate. His compassion for people, his community, and Islanders is second to none. I am proud to be endorsing James Aylward as the next leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI.
“In 2011 I was asked to put my name forward as a candidate for District 5 and that was when I really got to know James. Over the course of the candidate information sessions and events I realized what a sincere and genuine person James is. The picture below was taken during the 2015 campaign while we were attending an event at the REACH Foundation in Stratford. This organization works with youth who are in recovery from addictions and mental health issues. James has been very passionate on this issue and will continue to work toward better solutions to assist all people struggling with mental health issues and addictions. James has promised to do things differently and he will. He is a man of his word and understands what PEI and its’ people need to be successful. James has been proven himself as a caring, dedicated and strong MLA since being elected in 2011. With James as the next Leader of the PC Party of PEI we will be ready and able to take on the current government and show Islanders that the PC Party can do things differently with James as Leader. Please join me and support James Aylward as the next Leader of the PC Party of PEI and the next Premier of our province.”
James understands that politics is about people more than just the party line and has the ability to unite and inspire all types. He is always optimistic and has both the heart and ideas to lead Prince Edward Island in a better direction. Despite having ran against James as the NDP candidate in the last two elections, James has become a great friend and mentor. I'm proud to support him as the next Progressive Conservative leader and as the next Premier of Prince Edward Island.
Five years ago, I moved to PEI from Cape Breton to pursue my education and I am now a graduate of both island post-secondary schools. Throughout these past five years I have fallen in love with PEI. From the beautiful landscapes to the people, PEI has quickly become my home. PEI is the place where someday I hope to raise a family, build a career, while also enjoying the atmosphere that makes PEI home for so many. As great as the island is, I have witnessed it face some big challenges. In the last five years, I have seen our front-line health care services jeopardized. I have also witnessed communities being faced with great adversity as they worry about the loss of their community school. James Aylward has vowed to do things differently, and I know he will. James understands that we need our front-line health care services, especially mental health for which he has been such a strong advocate. He also understands that our rural communities are the foundation of our province and need to be supported, not torn down. We need our politics to be done differently, and James is the person to make that happen. Please join me in supporting James Aylward for Leader of the PC Party of PEI, and our next Premier.
What impresses me the most about James Aylward is the way that he directly faces challenges. James is a doer and gets to the root of issues so that he can effectively develop solutions. James understands and is connected to the issues facing real Island families. He has significant experience on the healthcare file and has been a strong advocate for mental health, addictions and child and human services. James understands the importance of collaboration and working with all stakeholders to develop effective leadership strategies. I am impressed by his empathy, his hard work ethic, his ability to problem solve and his committment to the well being of all Islanders. PEI needs a leader who understands that investing in the well being of people is an investment in the well being of the province. I believe that James Aylward is that leader.
James is exactly the kind of leader and Premier that PEI needs. As a new high school graduate I look forward to my future and hope to be able to pursue a career in PEI because there is no better place to live. I believe James is the best person to lead our province at a time when we need new ideas and prosperity so that young people like me will not have to leave home to live and work. James has also proven leadership with the community of Stratford and given the opportunity, he will prove himself to the entire province. Please join with me in supporting James Aylward as the next leader of the PC Party of PEI.
James Aylward was elected MLA for District 6, Stratford – Kinlock, in the October 3, 2011 and May 4, 2015 Provincial general elections.
James was raised in Sherwood where his parents Bill and Elizabeth have resided for 46 years. Stratford is where he has called home for the past 20 years and proudly lives at 77 Keppoch Road with his wife Cece and son Connor.
James has worked in the service industry for the last 32 years. First for Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts both here in Charlottetown and in Alberta, followed by 12 years at the Confederation Centre of the Arts and 3 years at UPEI.
His personal and professional experiences display James’ commitment to community, as a board member of the Canadian Cancer Society, Chair of the 2011 Queens County Relay for Life, as well as his work for the Terry Fox Foundation, Camp Gencheff, and the Liturgical Ministries at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.James also sits on the Holland College Advisory Committee and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Upper Room Food Bank and the Parkdale/Sherwood Lions Club.
James has been involved in the Provincial PC Association for many years and has served as Past President & V.P. of Stratford-Kinlock District 6, which he proudly represents.
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