Prior to his extensive experience in public office, Basil Stewart served with the Summerside Police Department, in Prince Edward Island. From 1971 until his retirement in 1984, he acquired experience in all three sections of the department (traffic, general policing and investigations). He was elected mayor of Summerside in 1985, and subsequently re-elected eight times, most recently in 2010. In addition, Basil was elected third as vice-president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Montréal (2006), second as vice-president in Calgary (2007), first as vice-president in Québec City (2008), and as FCM president in Whistler, British Columbia (2009). He was also chair of the FCM National Economic Development Committee (1998–2000) and chair of the Atlantic Caucus 1998 for FCM. He has served as a board member for the Summerside Regional Development Corporation, and as member of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, he was elected vice-chair and, in 2011, chair, of the Atlantic Mayor’s Congress. Basil served on the National Board of Directors of the Canada 125 Corporation, representing P.E.I. in 1992. He was also a founding member of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation 1992 Legacy Project for Canada’s 125th anniversary. He was chosen Citizen of the Year for Summerside in 1989, received the Canada 125 Medal in 1992, and the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation in 2005, and was recognized with the Holland College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in 2015, he was inducted into the FCM’s Hall of Honour in Edmonton, Alberta. Basil Stewart graduated from the Holland College Atlantic Police Academy in 1971 with a certificate in Police Science.