List of post-confederation Prince Edward Island general elections

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This article provides a summary of results for the general elections to the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island's unicameral legislative body, the Prince Edward Island House of Assembly. The number of seats has varied over time, from a high of thirty-two between the 1960s and 1990s, to the current low of twenty-seven.

Number of seats won by major parties at each election

The chart on the right shows the information graphically, with the most recent elections on the right. [Could someone fix the election results chart? It omits the elections of 1890 and 1893.] It shows that Prince Edward Island has effectively a two-party system - the Liberal party (red) and Conservative party (blue). After the first two elections (when not all MLAs declared a party allegiance), only one MLA has been elected who has not been a member of these two parties. The Liberal party have won eighteen out of twenty-nine of the elections in the 20th century.

Prior to 1996, PEI used 16 dual-member ridings; the 32 members have sat together since the 1893 abolition of the Legislative Council. The boundaries for these ridings were drawn in 1893; a single change was made in 1966 (when the riding of Charlottetown, also known as 5th Queens, was split into two parts). In 1996, a court determined that the number of electors varied too much between ridings, and was therefore unconstitutional. This resulted in a new set of (single-member) ridings being created.

This article only covers elections since Prince Edward Island became part of the Canadian Confederation in 1873. Prior to that, Prince Edward Island was a British colony. The Prince Edward Island House of Assembly dates back to 1769.

Summary[edit]

The table below shows the total number of seats won by the major political parties at each election (if greater than zero). It also shows the percentage of the vote obtained by the major political parties at each election, if greater than 0.1%. The winning party's totals are shown in bold. To date, no party has formed a government that did not have the largest share of the vote. Full details on any election are linked via the year of the election at the start of the row.

Year Majority Conservative[A] Liberal NDP[B] Green Other Total seats
Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Vote (%) Seats Seat-winning party
2015 May 4, 2015 37.4 8 40.8 18 11.0   10.8 1       27
2011 October 3, 2011 40.2 5 51.4 22 3.2   4.4   0.9     27
2007 May 28, 2007 41.4 4 52.9 23 2.0   3.0   0.7     27
2003 September 29, 2003 54.0 23 42.9 4 3.1 27
2000 April 17, 2000 57.9 26 33.7 1 8.4 27
1996 November 18, 1996 47.4 18 44.8 8 7.8 1 27
1993 March 29, 1993 39.5 1 55.1 31 5.4 32
1989 May 29, 1989 35.8 2 60.7 30 3.5 32
1986 April 21, 1986 45.6 11 50.4 21 4.0 32
1982 September 27, 1982 53.6 21 45.7 11 0.7 32
1979 April 23, 1979 53.2 21 45.3 11 1.3 0.2 32
1978 April 24, 1978 48.2 15 50.7 17 1.1 32
1974 April 29, 1974 40.2 6 53.9 26 5.9 32
1970 May 11, 1970 41.7 5 58.3 27 32
1966 May 30, 1966 49.5 15 50.5 17 32
1962 December 10, 1962 50.6 19 49.4 11 30
1959 September 1, 1959 50.9 22 49.1 8 30
1955 May 25, 1955 45.0 3 55.0 27 30
1951 April 26, 1951 46.7 6 51.6 24 1.7 30
1947 December 11, 1947 45.8 6 49.8 24 4.3 0.1 30
1943 September 15, 1943 46.1 10 51.3 20 2.1 0.5 30
1939 May 18, 1939 47.0 4 53.0 26 30
1935 July 23, 1935 42.0 58.0 30 30
1931 August 6, 1931 51.7 18 48.3 12 30
1927 June 25, 1927 46.9 6 53.1 24 30
1923 July 26, 1923 51.5 25 43.8 5 4.7[C] 30
1919 July 24, 1919 46.1 6 53.9 24 30
1915 September 16, 1915 50.1 17 49.9 13 30
1912 January 3, 1912 60.3 28 39.7 2 30
1908 November 18, 1908 48.4 13 51.6 17 30
1904 December 7, 1904 45.9 8 54.1 22 30
1900 December 12, 1900 46.5 9 53.5 21 30
1897 July 28, 1897 [D] 11 [D] 19 [D] [D] 30
1893 December 13, 1893 7 23 30
1890 January 30, 1890 15[E] 15[E] 30
1886 June 30, 1886 18 12 30
1882 May 8, 1882 21 9 30
1879 April 2, 1879 24 6 30
1876 August 10, 1876 15 7 8 Non-partisan 30
1873 April 1, 1873 15 10 5 Non-partisan 30

Notes[edit]

A Includes results for Progressive Conservatives.
B Includes results for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation from 1943 to 1951.
C Includes 3.4% for the Progressive Party / United Farmers.
D Vote share not known for the elections in the 19th century.
E Tie between Conservatives and Liberals, resulting in the incumbent Conservatives remaining in power until losing a motion of confidence in 1891 after a series of by-election losses and the Liberals taking power for the remainder of the term.

Historical voter turnouts[edit]

Year Turnout (%)[1]
1966 85.65
1970 87.32
1974 82.1
1978 86.3
1979 83.8
1982 78.2
1986 87.6
1989 80.8
1993 80.7
1996 85.48
2000 84.86
2003 83.27
2007 83.84
2011 76.53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATISTICS ON GENERAL ELECTIONS FROM 1966 TO 2011" (PDF). November 8, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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