CHARLOTTETOWN – The Green Party of Prince Edward Island canceled its election activities until Tuesday’s election following the death of one of its candidates.
The training confirmed on Saturday that Josh Underhay and his son died the day before in a canoe accident.
In a statement, Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker said the death of Mr. Underhay caught him off guard.
“John has been a friend and colleague for many years. He was a volunteer, a musician, a passionate advocate for cycling and a supporter of the Green Party, wrote Bevan-Baker. He touched the lives of all who knew him, including his students, fellow musicians and party members. Josh brought humor, enthusiasm and endless energy.
Mr. Underhay, a married man and father of two boys, was the Green candidate in the riding of Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park. Citing an article in the Elections Act, Elections Prince Edward Island announced Saturday afternoon that the poll had been canceled in that riding and ordered a by-election within three months.
According to the candidate’s biography on the Green Party website, Mr. Underhay was a teacher at a school in Charlottetown. He was also described as an experienced musician. He was multilingual since he spoke English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Czech.
The other three main parties announced that they will suspend their activities for Saturday.
The RCMP issued a news release on Saturday that two canoeists were missing on Friday after missing a rendezvous on the Hillsborough River that crossed the island before flowing into the Northumberland Strait near Charlottetown.
Firefighters, police and volunteers participated in the search.
Police did not identify the victims, but a Green Party spokesman confirmed that Mr. Underhay and his son were found drowned near a capsized canoe.
Both wore safety jackets and the deaths were reported at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, police said.
The authorities have asked for help from the population. They would like to know if anyone saw Friday afternoon a red boat on the Hillsborough River.