J. Walter Jones – Prince Edward Island

The Premiers

J. Walter Jones – Prince Edward Island

This ten-part series documents the lives and legacies of ten dynamic provincial leaders from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. Produced by award-winning journalist Holly Doan, the Premiers focuses on the premiers and provinces that shaped a nation.

J. Walter Jones championed plain living on the Island and resisted postwar changes embraced by the rest of Canada. As provincial leader, he increased his majority the longer he stayed in office. Although he believed “There’s not a worry on Prince Edward Island but the hockey score and the price of potatoes,” his era drew to a close the old Island customs that had been a way of life.

Featuring rarely-seen archival footage and lively interviews with former premier Alex Campbell and author David Weale, among others, the documentary explores the impact that Mr. Jones had on his province, its politics, and its people.


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Holly Doan

Holly is an award-winning journalist and Canada’s leading producer of political history documentaries for television. She joined CPAC in 2002 as a contributor to PrimeTime Politics and has produced Our Times, The Fifties, The Premiers, The Prime Ministers and The Rideau Canal. Holly also served as CTV China Bureau Chief, CTV Toronto correspondent, political affairs specialist for CTV in Ottawa and legislature reporter for CBC Alberta.