Coronavirus forces P.E.I politician to reveal personal secret

There’s a lot of panicky news out there right now, so let’s change up the pace a little.

And where better to do exactly that than Prince Edward Island.

Last week, COVID-19 forced P.E.I. politician Matthew MacKay to reveal a fraudulent part of his life. Namely, his hair.

Hey everyone. I just wanted to give you my daily update. I will start off by confessing that I dye my hair. If I…

Posted by Matthew Mackay on Monday, March 23, 2020

“I will start off by confessing that I dye my hair. If I didn’t, I would be grey,” wrote MacKay in a Facebook post on March 23rd. “I figured I might as well tell everyone now because in 2 weeks you will find out anyway now that hair salons are closed.”

For the record, all non-essential businesses, including hair salons, are already closed in P.E.I.

It should come as no surprise that MacKay, who is 38, is greying. In 2015, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. He has since Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture, and Minister responsible for Greater Summerside on the Executive Council of Prince Edward Island.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, MacKay said he’s been dying his hair for eight years.

“I wanted to bring some humour and some relief to people — to get a laugh, at the expense of me, I guess,” said MacKay. “Secondly, I do have a legitimate worry that in about two weeks my hair is going to be grey and I’m not going to be able to hide it anymore.”

As of writing, P.E.I. has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19.