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.