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‘The best is yet to come’ says new P.E.I. PC leader Dennis King

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Dennis King has won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I. on the second ballot.

At the leadership convention at the Eastlink Centre Saturday afternoon, a total of 4,222 votes were cast, eight of which were spoiled.

Shawn Driscoll received the lowest number of votes at 307 and was dropped from the first ballot. 4,136 voters made a second choice on the ballot, meaning the winner needed a total of 2,069 votes. 

When votes were recalculated and the votes for Driscoll redistributed among the remaining four candidates, King came out on top with 2,071. Allan Dale received 803, Kevin Arsenault 661, and Sarah Stewart-Clark received 601. 

King shakes former leader James Aylward’s hand after his win, as the other seven MLAs look on. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

‘We don’t have time to rest’

In his victory speech, King said he was overwhelmed and humbled by the win. 

« What a testament to the renewal and the vigour of our party, » King said, noting the large number of party members who voted in the leadership. 

King hugs his wife Jana Hemphill after he won the Tory leadership Saturday in Charlottetown. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

An election is looming, he said, and it is the party’s job to come together to focus on that. 

Maybe I haven’t been elected before, but I’ve been around.— Dennis King

« I’m the first one to tell you I need your help, » King said, inviting the other candidates to join him on the stage. 

« We have momentum, we need to build on that momentum, » he said, promising to meet soon with the party executive to arrange an ambitious schedule for district nominations and policy forums across the province. 

The five candidates for the PC leadership, from left to right, Dennis King, Allan Dale, Kevin Arsenault, Shawn Driscoll and Sarah Stewart-Clark. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

« The best is yet to come, » he said. « We’re alive baby and we’re coming to get you, here we go! »

He also called former leader James Aylward a « pillar of strength » and promised that « he’s going to be a big man in this next government. »

‘Somewhat organized’

A spring election seems imminent, King said, and organizing the party for that is his priority, he said in an interview with CBC News: Compass host Louise Martin. 

King said his caucus, behind him, is ‘full of strong personalities and strong opinions.’ (Brian McInnis/CBC)

Dennis King supporters react after he won the PC leadership in Charlottetown Saturday. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

« We are somewhat organized, we have some districts that are ready to go. I hope to be able to be in a position to release them as early as the middle of next week, » King said.  

King said he will seek to win a seat in the legislature in District 15: Brackley-Hunter River, where he lives, but said he will not take for granted that he will win just because he is the party’s leader.

« I’ll have some work to do, » he said. « I feel like I’m up for the job but it is a daunting task. »  

Dennis King speaks with Louise Martin shortly after having won the PC leadership. 9:37

Many of the candidates put forward ideas in their leadership bids that King said would make good planks of a party platform for the election. A successful platform will also include jobs and the economy, health care system improvements, and « figuring out some of these challenging land and water issues, » he said.

He said his leadership style will be to empower other people to put forth their ideas for change. He said his caucus of eight is « a great foundation to build upon, » and is « full of strong personalities and strong opinions. » He said he won’t be « barking orders » at them but will seek their opinions. 

Even though he has never been elected, King noted he has plenty of political experience and is skilled in knowing how to work with people who have strong opinions.

Dennis King waves to supporters after his speech at the leadership convention at the Eastlink Centre Saturday. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

« Maybe I haven’t been elected before, but I’ve been around. » 

King served as director of communications for the last PC premier of P.E.I., Pat Binns.

‘Just a boy from Georgetown Royalty’

King was first of the candidates to speak at the convention, describing himself as man of the people — « just a boy from Georgetown Royalty » — with values learned growing up in rural P.E.I. 

‘Today is about our future,’ said new PC leader Dennis King. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

« My name may be King but I don’t believe in political coronations, » King said. He’s said he proud of the campaign he and the four other leadership candidates mounted and predicted they would leave the convention united, promising there’s « room under a Dennis King tent » for his opponents. 

« I want to lead with kindness, with compassion, » King said, concluding, « I’m with you, I want you to be with me. »

Record number of votes cast

Online voting began Feb. 1. For the first time for an Island political party, all of the ballots are being cast electronically.

Angus Birt of Charlottetown, left, registers at the 2019 PC leadership convention Saturday in Charlottetown. At right is volunteer Ruth Sudsbury. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

Lifelong Tory supporters Imelda Callaghan, left, and Mary McKinnon, were the first delegates to take their seats Saturday morning during the convention. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

‘We owe James a debt of gratitude on a number of fronts,’ says PC Party President Michael Drake, as part of tribute to outgoing leader James Aylward. ‘He was ready at all times to go.’ (Brian McInnis/CBC)

This leadership race saw more votes cast than in any previous P.E.I. PC leadership convention. 

Voting was being done using a preferential ballot. That means party members ranked candidates on their ballot in order of preference.

‘Prouder than ever’

Prior to the candidate speeches, the outgoing leader said his goodbyes.

« Thank you from the bottom of my heart, » said Aylward, who choked up during his upbeat farewell speech. « I’m prouder than ever to be a Progressive Conservative. »

Outgoing leader James Aylward gives a farewell speech at the leadership convention. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

Aylward thanked his seven fellow caucus members for their « friendship and support. » He said stepping down was not an easy decision.

« Getting a little tired of being in Opposition, » Aylward said, adding he sees the « winds of change happening » to bring the PCs to power in the next election.

Aylward was chosen to lead the party at its last leadership convention in Oct. 2017, but announced less than a year later he would step down, saying he had « not been able to make a strong enough connection with Islanders. » However Aylward is staying on as an MLA and said he intends to run in the next election.

Jim Gorman, left, of South Melville, with Hilton MacLennan and his wife Marlene MacLennan, share a laugh while they wait for the 2019 Tory leadership convention to get underway in Charlottetown Saturday. Hilton MacLennan is the nominated PC candidate for Tyne Valley-Sherbrooke. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

Election looming

King doesn’t currently hold a seat in the provincial legislature — but may not have to wait long for a chance to win one.

A provincial election is expected as early as this spring.

Party volunteers Charlene Duffy, left, Sadie MacKenzie and Sylvia Poirier work at one of the registration tables for Saturday’s PC convention. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

« They don’t have much time, the new leader in the party, to get out there and meet Islanders and make a positive impression … to get themselves known and connect with the voting public, » said UPEI political science professor Peter McKenna.

« That’s going to be a challenge for them. »

The provincial cabinet set the wheels in motion for an early election by designating Feb. 1 as the start of P.E.I.’s referendum period, giving government eight months from that date to hold an election.

Islanders will vote in a referendum on changing their electoral system along with the next election.

King said he plans to vote for the Mixed Member Proportional system of voting in the election-day referendum. 

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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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