November 8, 2018 3:31 pm

Nobody wanted to be mayor of this P.E.I. town, but it got one anyway

The Old Mills Park in Wellington, P.E.I is seen in this undated handout photo.

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Nobody wanted to be mayor, but Wellington, P.E.I., got one anyway.

There were no mayoral candidates in Monday’s province-wide municipal elections, so the provincial government simply appointed the outgoing mayor, Alcide Bernard, to a four-year term.

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Bernard had not run for re-election – he decided he had done his time, and he “wanted to leave the opportunity for others this time.”

The job pays $1,600 a year.

Wellington – with a population of 400 – is nestled in the heart of P.E.I.’s Acadian community, about a 20-minute drive from Summerside.

The small community also had difficulty filling five council vacancies.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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