With its population of about 150k people, Prince Edward Island not only is the least populated province in Canada, but its population is smaller than 28 (!!) census metropolitan areas and agglomerations in Canada. So naturally (but necessarily not rightly) the rest of the country usually pays little attention to PEI politics.
However, with a provincial election scheduled next fall (October 7th 2019), PEI could find itself in the spotlight of the federation right in the middle of the federal campaign.
Why? Because PEI voters could elect the first Green Party government in Canada.
A poll of PEI voters was conducted in November by Corporate Research Associates Inc. and it shows the PEI Green Party in a statistical tie with the governing PEI Liberals:
The Green Party of PEI has already two seats in PEI's Legislative Assembly. New Brunswick recently elected three MLA in last September's NB provincial election. Polls for the past few months indicate the federal Green Party has ticked up a few points in Atlantic provinces and is in a statistical tie with the federal NDP in that region.
Add all this to Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner's election to Queen's Park for the riding of Guelph last June, the three BC Green Party MLA currently holding the balance of Power in Victoria, and, obviously, Elizabeth May's own seat at the House of Commons... Are we witnessing a mild surge for green parties in Canada?
With the NDP struggling at the federal level and in many other provinces, will there eventually be talks for a convergence between those organisations, or even maybe a ...merger?
How does "Green Democratic Party" sound? I know, it's politics fiction, but I do not see how this is any more far fetched than a merger between the Reform Party/Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party in the early 2000s.
I would be curious to see how well the "Green Democrats" would poll throughout Canada.
Philippe J. Fournier is the creator of Qc125 and 338Canada. He teaches physics and astronomy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal. For information or media request, please write to info@Qc125.com.
Philippe J. Fournier est le créateur de Qc125 et 338Canada. Il est professeur de physique et d'astronomie au Cégep de Saint-Laurent à Montréal. Pour toute information ou pour une demande d'entrevue médiatique, écrivez à info@Qc125.com.