Hon. Francis (Buck) Watts was elected as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on June 3, 2015. As Speaker, he serves as President of the Prince Edward Island branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Mr. Watts is Chair of the Legislative Management Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee.
Mr. Watts was first elected to the Legislature of Prince Edward Island in the provincial election held on May 28, 2007, and was re-elected on October 3, 2011, and May 4, 2015.
A Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly, he represents the constituency of Tracadie-Hillsborough Park, a unique riding comprised of both urban and rural elements.
He previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Forestry; Standing Committee on Fisheries, Transportation and Rural Development; and was Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He also served as a member of Policy Board.
Mr. Watts is a life-long resident of Grand Tracadie. He was a successful fisherman and businessman and is well known as a community volunteer. He was the co-founder and Chair of the Grand Tracadie Community Council and played an integral part in building a baseball diamond and hockey rink in his community. He was a former Marine Navigation Instructor at Holland College. As former president of the P.E.I. Fisherman’s Association, he helped to make the association a stronger organization, assisting and supporting fishers in the industry. He is also an Honourary Member of the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters.
Mr. Watts lives in Grand Tracadie with his wife Margie. They have three grown children, Stephen, Kim and Jason along with grandchildren Alex, Kaylee, Josh, Jared, Nolan and Nessa.
Hon. Francis (Buck) Watts
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Elected to office
June 3, 2015
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