Pat Binns

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Patrick George "Pat" Binns (born October 8, 1948 in Weyburn , Saskatchewan ) is a Canadian politician and diplomat. He was Prime Minister of Prince Edward Island Province from 1996 to 2007 and during that time Chairman of the Prince Edward Island Progressive Conservative Party . Since August 30, 2007 he has been the Ambassador of Canada to Ireland .

Binns studied urban development at the University of Alberta and moved to Prince Edward Island in 1972. In 1978 he was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly and served as Provincial Secretary of Industry, Community, Fisheries, Environment and Labor under Angus MacLean and James Lee . From 1984 to 1988 he was in the Canadian House of Commons .

In 1996, Binns was elected chairman of the Progressive Conservatives and after the November 18, 1996 elections, in which his party won 18 of 27 seats, the office of Prime Minister of Prince Edward Island, replacing Keith Milligan . He was very popular because of his affable and non-presumptuous manner. His political goals included the preservation of the rural structures of Prince Edward Island and the promotion of medium-sized companies.

In the elections on April 17, 2000 and September 29, 2003, Binns was confirmed. At the end of his third term of office, meanwhile he was the longest serving Prime Minister of a province in Canada, he wanted to strive for a fourth term. Binn's party suffered a major defeat on May 28, 2007. He himself was able to keep his constituency, but had to cede the office of Prime Minister to Robert Ghiz of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party . After being appointed ambassador, Binns resigned as MP and party chairman.

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