Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[BRIEF NOTE] Prince Edward Island Fundamental Human Rights Party

The recent election has reminded me of the Prince Edward Island Fundamental Human Rights Party, a brief blip founded by frequent protester Blair Ross and independent social activist Deborah Kelly Hawkes. I remember Ross' protest in front of the provincial legislature, camped out by the war cenotaph for two months in protest of the worker's compensation board. Popular sympathy began to fade as he and Hawkes acted up, for instance shouting out slogans in November 2002 during the Remembrance Day Parade and harassing pedestrians--like myself--who didn't respond to his calls. He was soon arrested and thrown of this land. In response, he and his ally Hawkes set up their political party, now defunct. The official party website says little about their policies and more about their respective legal troubles, but the Party did want to replace the correctional system with "Healing Centres," places where exploitative and corrupt people--like the Island's political, media, and economic leadership, say, and non-Islanders generally--could be sent to be rehabilitated.

Ah, zany fourth-party politics of personality on PEI. I miss you, sort of.
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