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Premier's Office

The position of Premier of Prince Edward Island was established in 1851 as part of the reform package ushered in called "responsible government". George Coles was the first to serve as Premier, being commanded by His Excellency Lieutenant Governor Bannerman to form the new government. Previous to 1851 governance of the colony was conducted by the Governor, an Executive Council appointed by the Crown to advise and assist the Governor, and an elected Assembly. The choice of premier is now straightforward; the role is assumed by the leader of the political party which holds the majority of seats in the legislature.

Traditionally the premiership of the province has not been the reward of a glittering political career. Time in the office in the majority of cases has been brief and the remuneration has not conducive to making the post more than "a fascinating part-time job or as a stepping stone to something more permanent". In a few cases the Premier has used the office as a springboard to federal politics but a seat on the judiciary has been the preferred goal of many former premiers.

In his capacity as leader the Premier chooses the cabinet and may keep portfolios for himself, such as President of the Executive Council, or, if he is a lawyer, Attorney General. One of the most striking aspects of the premiership of such a small constituency has been the familiarity people have felt towards those holding the office; consequently people have not hesitated to communicate with the premier on any personal or policy issue which might be sorted with government intervention. Another important element of the premier's workload has involved communication with the federal government in Ottawa. Given the Island's small population and limited resources, negotiations for resources and services from Ottawa have been an ongoing element of the Premier's responsibilities.

Brennan, Florrie

Florence (Florrie) Brennan was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island in 1889, daughter of Nelson Alward. She trained as a nurse in New York and worked there for several years. She married Arthur Roland Brennan who assumed ownership of The Summerside Journal after his father's death in 1916. The couple raised three sons in the family home known as Parkside. The boys joined the RCAF during the Second World War. Flight Sergeant John Robert Brennan (b.1922) was reported missing during active duty on 27 May 1942. His brother Flight Lieutenant Charles Arthur Brennan (b.1922) was reported missing 7 November 1942. Only the oldest son, William Roland Brennan (b.1914), returned from overseas.

New London - Granville Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian missionary Rev. James MacGregor visited the settlement of New London, Prince Edward Island, as early as 1806. After that date, Rev. John Kier who lived in Malpeque ministered to the small group of adherents and a log church was built on Yankee Hill in 1816. In 1826 Rev. Hugh Dunbar settled in the community and stayed until 1835. The arrival of a large body of Scots in the early 1830s necessitated larger accommodation for worship services with the result that two buildings were erected, one on each side of the South West River. The church on the south side took the name of St. John's and for about ten years Rev. John McLennan, the Kirk minister of Belfast, PEI, oversaw the work of the elders and conducted communion and baptism on a yearly basis. Rev. Alexander Sutherland was appointed minister in 1852 by the Free Church Presbytery of Pictou. During his tenure, he also served a newly formed congregation in Granville. After his departure in 1859 the congregations of Granville and New London South (Clifton) met with the assistance of supply ministers until the arrival in 1865 of Rev. Donald McDougall. He resigned after two years and Rev. Alexander Cameron of New London North filled the gap until Rev. John Murray took the pastoral charge for two years. In 1877 the north and south churches were reunited under Rev. Isaac Murray who stayed for a year. The charges once more were separated and the pulpits of Clifton and Granville remained vacant until Rev. Alexander Sterling accepted a call. He was still there in 1892 when Summerfield was added to the charge.

MacKelvie, Annie

Annie MacKelvie (1872-1953) was the oldest of four children born to Neil MacKelvie and Lizzie Stewart of Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Her father worked as a schoolteacher and later as manager of the Union Bank which was absorbed by the Bank of Nova Scotia. Annie left PEI to train as a nurse in Boston. When her father died in 1918 she was living in Spokane, Washington with her husband A. H. Sonneman. Annie's funeral in September 1953 was held from the MacKelvie home on Upper Central Street, Summerside, where her sister Roberta resided.

McLeod, Norman

Norman McLeod of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, was the son of Neil McLeod (1853-1934) and Ada Ramsay McLeod (1867-1932). One of eight children, Norman's siblings included Donald, William, Reginald, Neil, Kenneth, John, and Allan McLeod.

McLeod, Neil

Neil McLeod (1853-1934) was born on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and followed his parents Roderick and Catherine to Prince Edward Island. From 1879 until 1893 he held the position of Superintendent of the Summerside High School. He resigned to study law and around 1900 opened an office in Summerside as a member of the firm of Warburton, MacKinnon, and McLeod. He was appointed King’s Counsel in 1917. He was popular as a public lecturer and took a keen interest in promoting the public library. For many years he served as chairman of Summerside School Trustees and was active in the Board of Trade. Mr. McLeod married Ada Ramsay (1867-1932) in 1886. She was considered an authority on the history of Summerside and wrote numerous articles about Prince Edward Island for newspapers and magazines. The couple had six sons who survived them: Norman, Donald, William, Reginald, Neil and Kenneth. Two others, John and Allan, died during the First World War.

McLeod, Ada (Ramsay)

Ada Ramsay (1867-1932) of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, married Neil McLeod (1853-1934) in 1886. She was considered an authority on the history of Summerside and wrote numerous articles about Prince Edward Island for newspapers and magazines. The couple had six sons who survived them: Norman, Donald, William, Reginald, Neil and Kenneth. Two others, John and Allan, died during the First World War.

McLeod, Donald

Donald McLeod of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, was the son of Neil McLeod (1853-1934) and Ada Ramsay McLeod (1867-1932). One of eight children, Donald's siblings included Norman, William, Reginald, Neil, Kenneth, John, and Allan McLeod.

McLeod (Family)

Neil McLeod (1853-1934) was born on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and followed his parents Roderick and Catherine to Prince Edward Island. From 1879 until 1893 he held the position of Superintendent of the Summerside High School. He resigned to study law and around 1900 opened an office in Summerside as a member of the firm of Warburton, MacKinnon, and McLeod. He was appointed King’s Counsel in 1917. He was popular as a public lecturer and took a keen interest in promoting the public library. For many years he served as chairman of Summerside School Trustees and was active in the Board of Trade. Mr. McLeod married Ada Ramsay (1867-1932) in 1886. She was considered an authority on the history of Summerside and wrote numerous articles about Prince Edward Island for newspapers and magazines. The couple had six sons who survived them: Norman, Donald, William, Reginald, Neil and Kenneth. Two others, John and Allan, died during the First World War.

Steele, Ernest J.

Ernest J. Steele (1918-2002) grew up with five brothers and four sisters on Notre Dame Street, Summerside, Prince Edward Island. His father, John Steele, had a barbershop on Water Street and his grandfather, John Steele, Sr., had served as a policeman in the town. Ernest, known as “Ern,” served overseas from 1940-1945 in the Second World War. Upon his return he worked for thirty-five years with the Canadian National ferry service between Borden, PEI and Cape Tormentine, NB. At the time of his retirement he was Chief Steward.

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