The CBC’s report, “Ignatieff’s P.E.I. stop puzzles some” quotes Dr. Peter McKenna, professor and chair of UPEI’s Department of Political Studies.
"’I'm a bit surprised,’ said Peter McKenna. ‘My sense is — I could be wrong — but many people in Egmont weren't even sure who this Guy Gallant was two weeks ago, so I'm a bit puzzled that Ignatieff would be going there now at this stage in the campaign.’"
Read the whole report here.
Early in the election, Dr. McKenna also wrote an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen on what has become a controversial subject–the possibility of a coalition government. Read his article, “Why coalitions make us uncomfortable,” here.
Dr. McKenna is also quoted in the Globe and Mail article, “How PEI gets out the vote.” Read his opinions of why such a high proportion of Islanders turn out to vote on election day here.
Dr. McKenna also makes an appearance in the National Post’s article, “Political Donations: How parties pay the rent.”
“‘There is a strain of thought here on P.E.I. that it is important to have somebody on the side of government around the Cabinet table, expressing P.E.I. demands and aspirations,’ he said. ‘They obviously have a vested interest in ensuring P.E.I. is not forgotten.’”
Read the whole article here.
Also in election coverage, Maclean’s blogger and columnist John Geddes quoted Dr. Don Desserud in his March 28 blog post. Dr. Desserud is professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick, and will take up the position of dean of Arts at UPEI in July.
Dr. Desserud gives his opinion on the possible scenarios presented to the Governor General in 2004 by then Opposition leader Stephen Harper in the event that the governing Liberals would lose confidence in the house. Read the post, “‘An odd (!) understanding’ of how Parliament works,” here.
Dr. Scott McBurney, a pathologist at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College and the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre spoke Tuesday, April 20 with CBC Radio’s Island Morning about a deadly fungus affecting bats in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Asked whether the fungus might affect bats on PEI, Dr. McBurney said, "If that is the case, then those bats will likely be exposed and potentially bring the fungus to our province as well in coming back … during the summer season."
Read the whole article, “Deadly bat disease likely to strike P.E.I.,” here.