PEI Election April 23 2019

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PEI Election April 23 2019

Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan has called the provincial election for April 23rd. However, the Liberals are in third place in the polls at 27% in the most recent poll, 11 points behind the Greens who are at 38% and two points behind the Cons who are at 29%. The Greens have led in five of the last seven polls. 

The 2015 election was historic for the Green Party of P.E.I. which elected their first member of the legislature, leader Peter Bevan-Baker. In a byelection in Charlottetown-Parkdale in November 2017 the Greens sent a second member to the house, Hannah Bell. The party has been leading in Corporate Research Associate polls since August, and jumped to an 11-point advantage over the Liberals in the February poll.

"We've shown in the legislature in our work that the Green Party is ready to govern," said leader Peter Bevan-Baker.  "We've shown that we have an understanding of how politics works, we've brought forward innovative legislation." ...

The Liberal Party goes into the election with some strong talking points. P.E.I. is forecast to lead the country in economic growth in 2019, and unemployment hit record lows last year, although it is now just over 10 per cent. Last year the government presented its first surplus budget in a decade. "We believe our mighty Island can do well even as the rest of the world slows down," MacLauchlan said. 

But the party is attempting to buck an historic trend — it is aiming for its fourth consecutive win. No party has done that since 1978. That year the Liberals won a slim victory, and the government was short-lived. The Tories took back control the very next year.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-election-called-...

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

It will be interesting to see if the MSM decide to try and destroy the Greens as a threat to the two-party status quo, or if they've concluded that the GPPEI is "safe" enough to live with as either government or official opposition.

jerrym

The url below shows all candidates chosen so far and a map of each riding.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-district-nominat...

 

jerrym

One of the major problems driving support to the Greens is climate change. According to Lab director Adam Fenech of the UPEI Climate Research Lab, many PEI communities are under threat from global warming . He says sea level rise around the world is occurring three times faster than previously thought making the need for at risk communities, including those in PEI, to adapt much faster. Some global warming problems that weren't expected until the next century are happening now. 

Lab director Adam Fenech and other researchers are travelling across Prince Edward Island over the next few weeks to speak to communities about sea-level rise. Eight communities across PEI will be visited. Lennox Island was the first stop in the tour. ...

Mr Fenech said new reports are indicating that sea-level rise is going to increase three times as much than originally thought by scientists, adding oceans are getting warmer and are expanding while ice around the world continues to disappear faster than scientists anticipated, rising sea levels.

“Those two things that scientists didn’t think were going to happen until at least the next century are happening now,” said Mr Fenech during his portion of the presentation entitled Our Incredible Shrinking Island, “That’s why we are getting a little concerned about this idea of sea-level rise.”

With PEI’s sandstone not very resistant to erosion, it’s estimated the Island has lost an overall 5,000 acres of land from 1968-2010 as a result of coastal erosion. ...

As a First Nations member, Natalie Knockwood said she feels it’s her responsibility to care for the whole of PEI, not just Lennox Island and asked why Island reserves were being treated as separate entities.

Mr Jardine explained the climate lab does conduct studies for the rest of PEI as well, but admitted there isn’t a whole lot of funding available for since research. The Mi’kmaq Confederacy applied for the funding for these projects through INAC, which provides funding specifically for Canadian reserves.

“This work that we are describing is not being done for all of PEI, it’s just being done for the reserves. You’re getting special treatment in a sense because you’re getting special focus on your territories,” said  Mr Fenech’s colleague Don Jardine.

[Lennox Island First Nations residents Natalie] Knockwood agreed with Mr Labobe then that politicians need to be attending these meetings.

“This isn’t just a Lennox Island problem, it’s not just a Rocky Point problem, Scotchfort problem, a Morell problem, it’s a whole Prince Edward Island problem and we all need to get on the same bandwagon in order for things to change here,” she said, “We can do things here in our First Nations community, but what about all of PEI? What all of PEI does affects us in our First Nations communities... We’re at risk. Is the government of PEI going to allocate us land somewhere else for our community... Those are the questions we have that need to be answered.”

http://www.peicanada.com/west_prince_graphic/article_3bc68786-1672-11e8-...

 

 

jerrym

The Lennox Island Reserve in PEI has already suffered greatly from sea level rise. Large parts of Lennox Island  have already been permanently flooded, which will lead to the community having to move.

The community of Lennox Island, Canada will require relocation due to climate change-induced erosion and sea-level rise. The Canadian government is not yet prepared for climate migration events. There are varying social and economic challenges to community relocations. For this reason, it can be useful to learn from past forced relocation events within Canada and climate migrations abroad. This study uses the precedent of Newtok, Alaska’s climate migration to determine measures that should be used during Lennox Island’s climate migration. 

Lennox Island is expected to be one of the first Canadian communities requiring relocation due to climate change. Situated on the northwest coast of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Lennox Island is located in the Malpeque Bay. The Malpeque Bay is enclosed by a chain of sandy islands that act as a barrier protecting Lennox Island from the strong Gulf of St. Lawrence tides (Lewis & Peters, 2017). Lennox Island is reserve land that the Lennox Island First Nation call home. ...

Saltwater intrusion poses an infiltration threat to the groundwater of Lennox Island (Charles et al. 2012). Other environmental threats include sea-level rise, erosion and storm intensification (ParCa, 2016). These threats are decreasing the long-term viability of the island’s infrastructure, such as the causeway and sewage lagoon (CBC, 2015). Erosion is causing the islands coastline to recede, which is gradually encroaching inland towards the islands historic church, residential housing, traditional pow wow grounds, cemetery and archaeological sites (Majeed, 2015). ...

A 1-metre sea-level rise (Hedley, 2014), or a major storm surge (CBC, 2015) is capable of breaking down the islands’ multi-million-dollar sewage lagoon (INAC, 2011). This breakdown would result in the contamination of the Malpeque Bay and the groundwater of Lennox Island. This degree of sea-level and storm intensity could render the causeway unusable due to flooding or infrastructural damages. This provides a safety concern for the residents. The community has emergency plans in place in the event the causeway is damaged. However, the last time the causeway was damaged, it took nearly six months to repair (CBC, 2015). With the combination of sea-level rise and soil erosion anticipated to continue (Majeed, 2015), the emergency plans to protect the causeway and sewage lagoon, are only temporary. The island is already pursuing development on reserve land, on the mainland of P.E.I, in nearby East Bideford (Fraser, 2016). Residents themselves are increasingly acknowledging relocation as the only long term solution. With these gradual environmental threats, Lennox Island is anticipated to be one of the first Canadian communities requiring relocation due to climate change (Beaumont, 2016; Fraser, 2016). 

https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/bitstream/handle/10222/73876/HBROOKS_Hon...

THE CANADIAN PRESS

A house on Lennox Island off Canada’s Atlantic coast sits so close to the shoreline that its occupant, Dave Haley, worries that storms and erosion will sweep it out to sea. During a severe storm five years ago, the water lapped at his door. “Today our high tides have become almost like a storm tide. The water is higher, our low tides have become like our regular high tides, so things have changed,” he says.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/small-east-coast-island-lo...

jerrym

A new poll shows a narrowing of the Green lead with the Liberals now in second place. 

Among decided and leaning voters, the Greens led by Peter Bevan-Baker have 35.9% (+5.1% since January), while the governing Liberals led by Wade MacLauchlan have 31.6% support (-4.3%). The Progressive Conservatives with new leader Dennis King remain in third with 27.5% (-2.1%). The NDP with Joe Byrne at the helm have 3.7% (-1%). 

The Greens and PCs are virtually tied among men, while the Greens have a narrow lead among women.

Among the age groups, the Greens have taken the lead in all age groups except voters aged 65 and older, where the Liberals have the edge. 

In terms of regional breakouts, the Greens lead the Liberals by just under thirteen points in Charlottetown, and the Greens and Liberals are virtually tied in the rest of the province.

https://www.mainstreetresearch.ca/pei-election-begins-with-greens-in-the...

 

jerrym

The PEI NDP have announced a $15 minimum wage that would rise to $17 within four years and a basic income guarantee as part of their platform. According to the CBC "Byrne said a $15 minimum wage would be a priority for his party, and it is something he said he would implement right away. The party would also advocate for the minimum wage to rise to $17 within four years. " (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-votes-ndp-15-wag...)

However, the article below says the minimum wage proposal says this would rise to $15 at the end of four years.

Island NDP Leader Joe Byrne believes the entire province would benefit if the working poor were earning more money.

Byrne announced Friday a commitment, if his party were elected to govern, to raise minimum wage in the province to $15 per hour within a four-year term in what he termed his first major announcement a few days into the provincial election campaign. P.E.I.'s minimum wage rises from $11.55 to $12.25 an hour on Monday, April 1, and is currently the highest in Atlantic Canada.

Not nearly high enough in Byrne’s estimation. “We’ve seen cost of living rise significantly and we’ve seen significant issues in rent going up,’’ he said. “We have all seen the cost of food go up, and it is only fair that wages rise as well.’’

He noted more than 38 per cent of the Island’s workforce – nearly 24,000 workers – are classified as the working poor. He said the social assistance system, the health system and the justice system all pay a high cost for the widespread poverty in the province.

“The worst and the highest cost of this,’’ he added, “is the human toll that it takes. We’re asking people to live without the hope and dignity that everybody is entitled to, that everybody should live with in our economy, in our society, in our community.’’

Byrne said the NDP is also committed to the introduction of a five-year pilot project on basic income. He noted all three parties in the legislature provided unanimous support for a motion urging the province to partner with the federal government to develop a basic income pilot project for P.E.I. Nothing has come of this to date.

He said Islanders should be appalled that the province has the lowest average weekly earnings in the country.

“The income gap that we talk about across the country exists here on P.E.I., too, where some people do really, really well but so many don’t,’’ he said. “We have to address those things, otherwise we don’t have an economy that works.’’

When asked what his broader economic policy is to attract more business, grow jobs and improve the economy in P.E.I., he again leaned on his call to increase wages of the working poor.

“The backbone of our economy is small business,’’ said Byrne. “The owners – the entrepreneurs – that are developing these businesses, they need a market. They have to sell whatever good and service that they have to a market. And the market when people are poor is small.’’

https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/pei-ndp-leader-says-working-po...

 

NorthReport

In Vancouver with the cost of living (housing) the minimum wage needs to be $25-430 an hour. 

robbie_dee

Elections PEI told not to give political parties information on who voted (Journal Pioneer)

Quote:
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

P.E.I.’s political parties won’t be able to get lists of who voted in this election after the province’s privacy commissioner ruled it wasn’t allowed under provincial legislation.

Provincial privacy commissioner Karen Rose recently issued a ruling after investigating Elections P.E.I.’s practice of giving candidates or their delegates regularly updated information about whether people had voted.

Rose ordered Elections P.E.I. to stop the practice, saying it contravened the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection (FOIPP) Act.

In 2015, Elections P.E.I. disclosed a list of electors to candidates through a secure electronic portal that was updated regularly and included information about who had voted.

Rose said she started her investigation after receiving a question from a journalist about the practice.

Elections P.E.I. is required by law to disclose a voter list to the political parties, and prior to 2015, the electoral body’s practice was to inform scrutineers at polling stations when an elector was voting.

The purpose of that practice was to give scrutineers oversight of the election process and determine if they needed to challenge a voter’s eligibility.

Since 2015, candidates have been getting the list of voters and who voted with that information updated every 15 minutes during the advance polling period and on polling day.
In her decision, Rose said the purpose of scrutineers at polling stations is to strengthen the public trust in elections and the legitimacy of democratic governance.

Rose said she didn’t accept that disclosure of voter information to someone other than a candidate’s scrutineer was necessary for Elections P.E.I. to carry out its duty of ensuring a fair election.

Aristotleded24

Greens to not make press announcements

I could understand a decision to not go on certain media outlets that are particularly hostile, but to outright avoid the media altogether? You have to use every opportunity you can to get your message out. The Greens have done something right to go from having 2 seats to topping the polls, but now is the time during the election when people will be paying the most attention. Things like this just prove that the PEI Green Party is not ready for prime time. Heck, we've heard more from the NDP this election, and they will be happy just to win one seat this time.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Greens to not make press announcements

I could understand a decision to not go on certain media outlets that are particularly hostile, but to outright avoid the media altogether? You have to use every opportunity you can to get your message out. The Greens have done something right to go from having 2 seats to topping the polls, but now is the time during the election when people will be paying the most attention. Things like this just prove that the PEI Green Party is not ready for prime time. Heck, we've heard more from the NDP this election, and they will be happy just to win one seat this time.

Makes you wonder if they actually want to win or even make a major breakthrough at all.  For their sake, I hope they've got major social media game.

You don't win provincial elections solely on person-to-person contact.  Not in 2019.

bekayne

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Greens to not make press announcements

I could understand a decision to not go on certain media outlets that are particularly hostile, but to outright avoid the media altogether? You have to use every opportunity you can to get your message out. The Greens have done something right to go from having 2 seats to topping the polls, but now is the time during the election when people will be paying the most attention. Things like this just prove that the PEI Green Party is not ready for prime time. Heck, we've heard more from the NDP this election, and they will be happy just to win one seat this time.

Now only if there were a political party promising not to take party in those phony "political panels."

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Ken Burch wrote:

You don't win provincial elections solely on person-to-person contact.  Not in 2019.

PEI is a historic anomoly so its elections are not really on a "provincial" scale.. They will elect 27 MLA's and last election 82,000 people voted so about 3,400 voted per seat.

Voter turnout for the 2015 P.E.I. provincial election was up 10.5 per cent from four years ago. Of the 95,444 voters registered, 81,998 cast a ballot for a total of 85.9 per cent. The last time voter turnout was that high was in 1986.  It is also a 10.5 per cent increase from the 2011 provincial election when 76.2 per cent of eligible voters voted. 

PEI has under a 100,000 voters while Burnaby South in the recent by-election had 76,000 eligible voters.

bekayne

There's only one Gallant running.

Aristotleded24

Ken Burch wrote:
You don't win provincial elections solely on person-to-person contact.  Not in 2019.

Not even in PEI, and that was never the case.

NorthReport

krop raises a good point.

Sean in Ottawa

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:
You don't win provincial elections solely on person-to-person contact.  Not in 2019.

Not even in PEI, and that was never the case.

Actually, Islanders I know tell me that just about everyone makes contact with their politicians directly. The number of politicians to population allows for a very different type of campaign.

The Greens may be realizing that press releases are not the be all and end all (many organizations send them out without follow up to zero reaction). It is the rest that makes it work.

It is not as if they are not making video for "ads" -- even if you do not call them that:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLAYIiTywHnEI9w7SbbK3aw

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I suspect that they got tired of the local press emphasizing the wrong parts of their press releases. If they are printing their own leaflets they get much better coverage. At 3 to four thousand voters per riding I am sure all serious candidates are trying to get to as many doorsteps as possible.

jerrym

Elections PEI has removed gender identity from registration forms after complaints. 

LGBTQ groups on the Island are applauding Elections PEI for removing gender identity from a set of registration forms after receiving complaints. Daniel Boudreau, chair of PFLAG PEI, said the organization started hearing concerns from out-of-province voters who were trying to apply for mail-in-ballots.

Many of them were frustrated when they started filling out the application and noticed the document required voters to state their gender, he said. Boudreau said the forms, which are available online, required applicants to check boxes for one of only two options: male or female — and didn't provide the option not to disclose.

"For somebody who is on the gender spectrum and for somebody who is perhaps looking to transition, that can really mess with their sense of who they are," said Boudreau, who is also a volunteer for the Green Party of P.E.I.

The CBC reached out to Elections PEI for comment and the organization immediately replaced the application forms with new ones, removing the section requiring any information regarding gender.

Boudreau said he was thrilled to see such a fast response. "I would say a big congratulations to Elections PEI for doing that," he said. "We're not looking to vilify the organization. We're simply looking to remedy something and maybe do a little bit of education."

A spokesperson for Elections PEI said the application forms were outdated and failing to remove that section of the form was an oversight.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-lgbtq-groups-gen...

 

jerrym

PEI voters will also be voting on whether to implement PR but in order to change the system  PR needs to get a majority in 60% of ridings. 

Voters on Prince Edward Island will have two ballots on April 23, the province's election day — one for the district candidates and the other to settle the referendum question on electoral reform. 

The referendum will ask voters "Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?"

Referendum P.E.I., the organization overseeing the process, said it has seen public interest increase around the debate since the election was called.

The referendum question that Islanders will be asked is a Yes or No question. A No vote will be to keep the system the way it is while a Yes vote would be to change it to a mixed member proportional voting system.

For the result to be binding, one side needs to get a majority of the votes in 60 per cent of the 27 individual districts as well as a majority of votes across the Island.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-referendum-elect...

 

robbie_dee

I'm surprised that there has been zero published opinion polling since this election has been called. The Greens led in the last three polls published since January to date but you'd think that the heightened attention around the campaign could affect people's views?

jerrym

All four party leaders were involved in the women's issues debates today. 

Questions ranged from how the leaders would act on the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, what medical and judicial services could be advanced to better support victims of sexual assault, and how to ensure P.E.I.'s new children's commissioner and advocate has the resources and independence to work effectively.

  • Party leaders were also asked what they would do to maintain women's wellness and sexual health services, and whether they'd commit to support for fertility, midwifery, and HIV treatment on the Island, as well as services for transgender and non-binary Islanders.

PC Leader Dennis King applauded the current government decision to provide abortions on P.E.I., saying he's committed to continuing the service and enhancing it if needed. ...

NDP Leader Joe Byrne reiterated his party's commitments to maintain abortion access on P.E.I., and spending for fertility treatment.

He added, the Island's health-care system has work to do to better support those who identify as transgender or non-binary.

"It's a different reality that has to be included, and that means training, it means recruiting," said Byrne.

Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan said a multifaceted approach needs to be taken to support women's health and reproductive health, and that work is underway within the Women's Wellness Centre and primary care across P.E.I.

Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker said in addition to maintaining existing services, his party would make birth control more affordable for Island families, and support some funding of fertility treatments. His also said his party is focused on ensuring midwives can practice in P.E.I.  

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-forum-womens-iss...

bekayne

robbie_dee wrote:

I'm surprised that there has been zero published opinion polling since this election has been called. The Greens led in the last three polls published since January to date but you'd think that the heightened attention around the campaign could affect people's views?

There will be some polling after the leaders debate next week

https://twitter.com/kerrywcampbell/status/1116679891305607177

robbie_dee

Finally a new poll!

3-way race for sure, latest poll shows (CBC)

Quote:

No party has emerged as a clear leader in the P.E.I. election, according to a Narrative Research poll, sponsored by the Guardian newspaper, released Wednesday morning.

Narrative Research, formerly known as Corporate Research Associates, reached 539 Islanders by phone from April 12-15 for the poll, and asked 'Which party are you most likely to vote for in the election?' The results, among decided voters, show a tight, 3-way race.

  • Green: 35%
  • Progressive Conservative: 32%
  • Liberal: 29%
  • NDP: 3%

Narrative Research CEO Margaret Brigley said given a 4.5 per cent margin of error, the election is tough to call.

jerrym

Trudeau's popularity is slipping even in Atlantic Canada, where they won all the seats in the last election. 

When voters in Prince Edward Island go to the polls next week, they'll be making their choice without any input from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Even though polls suggest Wade MacLauchlan's governing Liberals will need all the help they can get to stay in power, sources close to the campaign say they haven't reached out to their federal colleagues for support — a sign Trudeau's one-time rock-star status on the Island has become a political liability.

In the past, Trudeau was always a popular visitor on the island, both as Liberal leader and as prime minister. His public events typically attracted large crowds of supporters keen for a selfie or a handshake.

But as candidates knock on doors in advance of Tuesday's election, the voters who answer feel the need to vent about the prime minister, say campaign workers and insiders — Liberals and Progressive Conservatives alike — who spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity in order to freely discuss the state of play on the Island.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office confirmed Tuesday that no one in the provincial Liberal camp has requested a campaign visit from Trudeau, and no travel to the Island is scheduled.

"It would be crazy," said one senior P.E.I. Liberal operative. "We wouldn't want them here."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-votes-campaign-l...

jerrym

Elizabeth May sees success coming for the PEI Greens but acknowledges a lot of it has to do with Bevan-Baker's leadership rather than just Green policies. 

Elizabeth May can sense Green success coming in Prince Edward Island’s election Tuesday. May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada, says she is not a fan of the polls, even though they have for some time continually registered very strong support for her local counterpart, Peter Bevan-Baker, and his P.E.I. Green party.

She’d rather gauge the support first-hand. After hitting the provincial campaign trail Monday and Tuesday in support of Bevan-Baker and his fellow Green candidates, she has a strong feeling something big is brewing here.

“I think it was really very revealing in dropping the writ when he did that Premier Wade MacLauchlan took direct aim at attacking Greens,’’ May told reporters in Charlottetown Tuesday morning. “So, it’s more than polling. It’s a solid base of support across the province that people can feel.’’

May concedes Bevan-Baker’s popularity is more about the type of politician he is, rather than the party he leads. She says Islanders have a good sense of this man, who stopped drilling patients’ teeth and started calmly and respectfully grilling government. 

It is not about a brand, she explains, but a matter of being a thoughtful, kind human being. “I wish he’d been my dentist, but I’d rather he was premier of Prince Edward Island than be a dentist,’’ says May. “I know Peter Bevan-Baker will be an extraordinarily fine premier of Prince Edward Island. I know he will make the voters of this province enormously proud – and I know that for the rest of Canada it will be a sea change to have a premier like Peter Bevan-Baker taking a seat at the First Ministers’ table and helping the rest of the country experience adult conversations and someone at the table who’s there for the good of the country to help find common ground.’’ May is hopeful the “bubbling, optimistic excitement’’ she has been encountering translates into a historic outcome that would see P.E.I. become the first ever Green province?

The party currently has two seats, held by Bevan-Baker and Hannah Bell. However, in a province that has always flipped back and forth between Progressive Conservative and Liberal governments, never so much as flirting with another party to lead the way, realistically what, in May’s mind, would be a successful election result for the Green party next week?

“Electing a lot more Greens,’’ she says. “Every seat that’s won is a big success.’’

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/elizabeth-may-says-optim...

 

Policywonk
NorthReport

What has happened to the Liberals? How many MLAs are required for party status?

bekayne
jerrym

Here's descriptions of eight ridings with interesting races:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-districts-to-wat...

 

jerrym

double post

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

bekayne wrote:

Peter Fenwick, Dominic Cardy, Mike Redmond. Anyone I'm leaving out?

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/former-ndp-leader-mike-redmond-endorses-pei-pc-party-303012/

Probably a sign that, like Newfoundland and perhaps Nova Scotia, PEI is a place where the PC's are, in some respects, to the left of the Liberals.

Not really sure what it says about the Greens.

 

jerrym

Ghosts of Liberal PEI past administrations appear to be haunting the current Liberal government, including questions of government accountability and transparency, a $50 million lawsuit by an online gambling company for breach of faith, bribery and fraud allegations, government domination of legislative committees shutting down looking at issues, and problems arising from a lack of a provincial ombudsperson, a child advocate and an ethics commissioner, as well as a growing recognition that sea level rise due to global warming is threatening many PEI communities (see Posts #4 and 5 for more on climate change problems).

All of this is creating an atmosphere in which there is a widespread lack of trust in the Liberals. 

On the same day Island voters will decide whether to extend P.E.I.'s reign of Liberal rule, some ghosts of Liberal administrations past could be haunting leader Wade MacLauchlan's party from an Island courtroom.

Election day just happens to coincide with the first of four days set aside next week for hearings in Capital Markets Technologies' $50-million lawsuit against the P.E.I. government. The company accuses government of "breach of its good faith performance of contract and failure to act honestly in the performance of its contractual obligations."

The case originated in the wake of a secretive and failed attempt by the Liberal government of Robert Ghiz to make P.E.I. a regulator of online gambling. The four days of hearings are to debate motions on behalf of the multiple defendants in the suit to have the case dismissed — as was an earlier statement of claim from CMT in 2016. Fresh evidence available for the lawyers to cite in their arguments includes transcripts of cross-examinations of some key players in the previous Liberal administration, including former premier Robert Ghiz and former finance minister Wes Sheridan. Both are named as defendants in the suit.

In 2015, as Ghiz, Sheridan and others were bowing out of provincial politics, e-gaming and controversies surrounding P.E.I.'s provincial nominee program became key election issues, with the PCs, NDP and Greens all calling for a public inquiry.

Four years later there's no more talk of inquiries, but as those controversies continue through the court system the same three parties are talking about ways to increase government accountability and transparency, and as the Green Party puts it, to "re-establish trust in government." ...

Three whistleblowers who spoke out in 2011 alleging bribery and fraud within P.E.I.'s provincial nominee program are now suing the province after P.E.I.'s privacy commissioner concluded in 2018 that government was directly or indirectly responsible for a privacy breach involving the three.

Bevan-Baker said the two lawsuits could come with "a very significant price tag" for Island taxpayers. One measure both the Greens and PCs have included in their platforms is a provincial ombudsman, something that's been talked about on P.E.I. for years. ...

Both parties also promise to make the province's new child advocate fully independent. Years after the jury at a coroner's inquest looking into the death of four-year-old Nash Campbell recommended P.E.I. create a position for a child advocate, the MacLauchlan government finally did so. But unlike child advocates in every other province, P.E.I.'s is not an independent officer of the legislature. Instead it's a position that answers to cabinet and the premier.

The PCs also say they would expand the scope of P.E.I.'s Ethics Commissioner, a position created by MacLauchlan and again a position that serves under the premier. The Tories said they would make that a full-time, arms-length position with the authority to address conflicts of interest, ethics and lobbying issues. The NDP also propose expanding that position in their platform.

And PC Leader Dennis King said his party would shift the balance of power on legislative standing committees from government to opposition parties, to strip government of the ability to stymie opposition parties when they try to call witnesses, as the Liberals did when opposition MLAs tried to call witnesses to talk about their role in the e-gaming affair.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-ghosts-of-libera...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Ken Burch wrote:

bekayne wrote:

Peter Fenwick, Dominic Cardy, Mike Redmond. Anyone I'm leaving out?

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/former-ndp-leader-mike-redmond-endorses-pei-pc-party-303012/

Probably a sign that, like Newfoundland and perhaps Nova Scotia, PEI is a place where the PC's are, in some respects, to the left of the Liberals.

Not really sure what it says about the Greens.

A decade ago Olive Crane led the PC's and her sister Dody led the NDP.

NorthReport
bekayne

Ken Burch wrote:

bekayne wrote:

Peter Fenwick, Dominic Cardy, Mike Redmond. Anyone I'm leaving out?

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/former-ndp-leader-mike-redmond-endorses-pei-pc-party-303012/

Probably a sign that, like Newfoundland and perhaps Nova Scotia, PEI is a place where the PC's are, in some respects, to the left of the Liberals.

Not really sure what it says about the Greens.

 

Though in Fenwick's case, he went all the way to the Canadian Alliance.

jerrym

There is a very high turnout in the advance polls with 36.4% of the electorate already having voted. Generally, this is not a good sign for the party in power, in this case the Liberals, as people who are unhappy with the government tend to be more motivated to vote. 

With the provincial election in P.E.I. only days away, election officials are reporting a good turnout at advance polls.

Elections P.E.I. says 37,865 voters cast ballots over three days this past week. 

That's 36.4 per cent of the Island's eligible voters.

Elections CEO Tim Garrity says that's a big increase over the 2015 provincial general election, when almost 9,000 fewer voters cast ballots in advance polls.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ceo-of-elections-p-e-i-reports-good-turnou...

 

NorthReport
NorthReport

Best way to deal with this situation, and it will allow the PEI Greens the possibility of picking up the seat in a by-election

Election postponed in Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-josh-underhay-byelection-district-9-1.5105679

NorthReport

POLITICS

A new vote projection points to a historic Green win in P.E.I.

Philippe J. Fournier: Uncertainty remains high but a simplified 338 electoral model puts the Green Party just above the threshold for a majority win

https://www.macleans.ca/politics/a-new-vote-projection-points-to-a-historic-green-win-in-p-e-i/

NorthReport

Hopefully Green candidate Sean Doyle wins the seat!

Ottawa scandals on the minds of voters in Tignish-Palmer Road

https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/ottawa-scandals-on-the-minds-of-voters-in-tignish-palmer-road-304060/

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Hopefully Green candidate Sean Doyle wins the seat!

Ottawa scandals on the minds of voters in Tignish-Palmer Road

https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/ottawa-scandals-on-the-minds-of-voters-in-tignish-palmer-road-304060/

Hard to picture him doing that, though, given that the major source of discontent with the Liberals in that riding, according to the article, is about Justin Trudeau's support for reproductive choice.

cco

It's not like the Greens are a consistently pro-choice party.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Depressing to hear that a pro-choice position is so problematic in PEI. Women there have been denied access to abortions for decades.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

cco wrote:
It's not like the Greens are a consistently pro-choice party.
 

Er....OTHER than the fact that Elizabeth May, Maximum Green Leader-for-life, called it a "frivolous choice" and STILL hasn't ever fully apologized for that?

cco

That's what I was thinking of, yes. I don't know what the PEI Green position is. If they're anything like the rest of the provincial Green parties, it's up to the leader's whim and sometimes the candidate's. I have no idea what Sean Doyle thinks on the matter.

NorthReport
Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

cco wrote:
That's what I was thinking of, yes. I don't know what the PEI Green position is. If they're anything like the rest of the provincial Green parties, it's up to the leader's whim and sometimes the candidate's. I have no idea what Sean Doyle thinks on the matter.

And if the Greens took seats like this by trying to, at best, fudge on questions such as this, that would pretty much guarantee that, when elected, they'd hardly be anything like any sort of a progressive government.

That's the problem with the whole "neither left nor right" concept-it's code for "nobody has any right to hold us to anything".

Sean in Ottawa

Ken Burch wrote:

cco wrote:
That's what I was thinking of, yes. I don't know what the PEI Green position is. If they're anything like the rest of the provincial Green parties, it's up to the leader's whim and sometimes the candidate's. I have no idea what Sean Doyle thinks on the matter.

And if the Greens took seats like this by trying to, at best, fudge on questions such as this, that would pretty much guarantee that, when elected, they'd hardly be anything like any sort of a progressive government.

That's the problem with the whole "neither left nor right" concept-it's code for "nobody has any right to hold us to anything".

I think this is deeply unfair -- first it is premised under the idea tha the Greens are like every unsuccessful Green party elsewhere in Canada and a presumption without any facts that the Greens in PEI have not declared themselves to be progressive.

In fact if you take the time from making presumptions, and read the platform, you would see that the Greens in PEI have a platform that is more progressive than many NDP campaigns and has a strong social emphasis. The NDP in PEI has shrunk to nothing becuase the Green effectively brought both social sustainability and environmental sustainability together and were very assertive about that.

10 year goals from platform:

  • The Basic Income Guarantee program will be expanded based on evaluation of the pilot
  • A livable wage will be provided for all working Islanders
  • Universal basic dental care will be provided for all Islanders
  • All Islanders will have access to affordable child care
  • A universal school food program will be implemented
  • A universal pharmacare program will be negotiated with the Federal government
  • The Rural Health Care hub model will be operating in many communities across PEI

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/greenpartype/pages/2014/attachment...

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/pei-green-party-releases...

Instead of wrapping yourselves in the NDP banner -- recognize that a party proclaiming social democratic principles is leading in that province.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

cco wrote:
That's what I was thinking of, yes. I don't know what the PEI Green position is. If they're anything like the rest of the provincial Green parties, it's up to the leader's whim and sometimes the candidate's. I have no idea what Sean Doyle thinks on the matter.

And if the Greens took seats like this by trying to, at best, fudge on questions such as this, that would pretty much guarantee that, when elected, they'd hardly be anything like any sort of a progressive government.

That's the problem with the whole "neither left nor right" concept-it's code for "nobody has any right to hold us to anything".

I think this is deeply unfair -- first it is premised under the idea tha the Greens are like every unsuccessful Green party elsewhere in Canada and a presumption without any facts that the Greens in PEI have not declared themselves to be progressive.

In fact if you take the time from making presumptions, and read the platform, you would see that the Greens in PEI have a platform that is more progressive than many NDP campaigns and has a strong social emphasis. The NDP in PEI has shrunk to nothing becuase the Green effectively brought both social sustainability and environmental sustainability together and were very assertive about that.

10 year goals from platform:

  • The Basic Income Guarantee program will be expanded based on evaluation of the pilot
  • A livable wage will be provided for all working Islanders
  • Universal basic dental care will be provided for all Islanders
  • All Islanders will have access to affordable child care
  • A universal school food program will be implemented
  • A universal pharmacare program will be negotiated with the Federal government
  • The Rural Health Care hub model will be operating in many communities across PEI

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/greenpartype/pages/2014/attachment...

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/pei-green-party-releases...

Instead of wrapping yourselves in the NDP banner -- recognize that a party proclaiming social democratic principles is leading in that province.

I'm actually not wrapping myself in the NDP banner-that party is all-but-dead in PEI and it would be pointless to vote for them there.

I probably would vote Green in PEI this year if I lived there-I just hope they don't look at this riding, see that there are anti-choice votes up for grabs, and try to pander to them.  Probably I was reading more into the link North posted there than I should have.

 

Sean in Ottawa

Ken Burch wrote:

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

cco wrote:
That's what I was thinking of, yes. I don't know what the PEI Green position is. If they're anything like the rest of the provincial Green parties, it's up to the leader's whim and sometimes the candidate's. I have no idea what Sean Doyle thinks on the matter.

And if the Greens took seats like this by trying to, at best, fudge on questions such as this, that would pretty much guarantee that, when elected, they'd hardly be anything like any sort of a progressive government.

That's the problem with the whole "neither left nor right" concept-it's code for "nobody has any right to hold us to anything".

I think this is deeply unfair -- first it is premised under the idea tha the Greens are like every unsuccessful Green party elsewhere in Canada and a presumption without any facts that the Greens in PEI have not declared themselves to be progressive.

In fact if you take the time from making presumptions, and read the platform, you would see that the Greens in PEI have a platform that is more progressive than many NDP campaigns and has a strong social emphasis. The NDP in PEI has shrunk to nothing becuase the Green effectively brought both social sustainability and environmental sustainability together and were very assertive about that.

10 year goals from platform:

  • The Basic Income Guarantee program will be expanded based on evaluation of the pilot
  • A livable wage will be provided for all working Islanders
  • Universal basic dental care will be provided for all Islanders
  • All Islanders will have access to affordable child care
  • A universal school food program will be implemented
  • A universal pharmacare program will be negotiated with the Federal government
  • The Rural Health Care hub model will be operating in many communities across PEI

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/greenpartype/pages/2014/attachment...

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/pei-election/pei-green-party-releases...

Instead of wrapping yourselves in the NDP banner -- recognize that a party proclaiming social democratic principles is leading in that province.

I'm actually not wrapping myself in the NDP banner-that party is all-but-dead in PEI and it would be pointless to vote for them there.

I probably would vote Green in PEI this year if I lived there-I just hope they don't look at this riding, see that there are anti-choice votes up for grabs, and try to pander to them.  Probably I was reading more into the link North posted there than I should have.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-forum-womens-iss...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/political-party-lead...

"The 2015 contest was his tenth run, but first as P.E.I. Green leader; that new status brought him into the many leaders’ debates, where he showcased his cheeriness and passionate views on sustainable farming and ending P.E.I.’s longtime restrictions on abortion"

https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/where-canada-greens-win-next/

 

 

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