Prince Edward Island general election, 2007

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Prince Edward Island general election, 2007
Prince Edward Island
2003 ←
May 28, 2007
→ 2011

27 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
14 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Robert Ghiz.jpg
PC
Leader Robert Ghiz Pat Binns
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since April 5, 2003 May 4, 1996
Leader's seat Charlottetown-Brighton Belfast-Murray River
Last election 4 23
Seats won 23 4
Seat change +19 -19
Popular vote 43,205 33,754
Percentage 52.93% 41.35%
Swing +10.27% -12.94%

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Map of PEI's ridings coloured in based on how they voted

Premier before election

Pat Binns
Prince Edward Island Progressive Conservative Party

Elected Premier

Robert Ghiz
Prince Edward Island Liberal Party

The 63rd Prince Edward Island general election was held on May 28, 2007. It elected members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. The incumbent Progressive Conservative government was defeated by the Liberal opposition after holding power for eleven years.

The newly formed Green Party of Prince Edward Island captured 3.04% of the vote or 4.44% in ridings they contested, beating out the Prince Edward Island New Democratic Party for third place. The New Democrats fell to 1.96% or 3.43% in ridings contested. They captured 3.06% of the vote, or 3.48% in the 24 of the 27 ridings they contested in the 2003 election.

Results[edit]

Summary of the May 28, 2007 Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island election results
Party Party leader Candidates Seats Popular vote
2003 Dissol. 2007 Change # % Change
     Liberals Robert Ghiz 27 4 4 23 +19 43,205 52.93% +10.27%
     Progressive Conservatives Pat Binns 27 23 23 4 -19 33,754 41.35% -12.94%
Green Sharon Labchuk 18 * - - - 2,482 3.04% *
     New Democrats Dean Constable 15 - - - - 1,597 1.96% -1.10%
     Independents and no affiliation 2 - - - - 594 0.73% +0.73%
Total 89 27 27 27 - 81,632 100%  

* Green Party of Prince Edward Island was not a registered political party at the time of the 2003 election.

Largest and smallest margins of victory[edit]

The five largest margins of victory were:

  1. Rustico-Emerald: Carolyn Bertram, Liberal, defeated David Blacquiere, PC, by 869 votes.
  2. Cornwall-Meadowbank: Ron MacKinley, Liberal, defeated Margaret Duffy, PC, by 853 votes.
  3. Charlottetown-Brighton: Robert Ghiz, Liberal, defeated John Abbott, PC, by 753 votes.
  4. O'Leary-Inverness: Robert Henderson, Liberal, defeated Eva Rodgerson, PC, by 678 votes.
  5. Summerside-Wilmot: Janice Sherry, Liberal, defeated Gerard McCardle, PC, by 582 votes.

The five smallest margins of victory were:

  1. Vernon River-Stratford: Alan McIsaac, Liberal, defeated Allan Fraser, PC, by 66 votes.
  2. Stratford-Kinlock: Cynthia Dunsford, Liberal, defeated David McKenna, PC, by 81 votes.
  3. Alberton-Roseville: Pat Murphy, Liberal, defeated Cletus Dunn, PC, by 123 votes.
  4. Montague-Kilmuir: Jim Bagnall, PC, defeated Billy Cann, Liberal, by 134 votes.
  5. Souris-Elmira: Allan Campbell, Liberal, defeated Andy Mooney, PC, by 210 votes.

Results by place[edit]

Party Seats Second Third Fourth
     Liberal 23 4 0 0
     Progressive Conservative 4 23 0 0
Green 0 0 14 4
     New Democratic 0 0 7 8
     Independent 0 0 1 0

Results by region[edit]

Party Name Cardigan Malpeque Charlottetown Egmont Total
     Liberal Seats: 3 8 5 7 23
     Popular Vote: 44.40% 54.91% 56.98% 55.92% 52.93%
     Progressive Conservative Seats: 4 0 0 0 4
     Popular Vote: 48.74% 38.41% 37.22% 40.90% 41.35%
Total seats: 7 8 5 7 27
Parties that won no seats:
     Green Vote: 411 1,336 434 284 2,482
     Popular Vote: 1.97% 5.19% 2.93% 1.44% 3.04%
     NDP Vote: 462 384 426 309 1,597
     Popular Vote: 2.21% 1.49% 2.87% 1.57% 1.96%
     Independent Vote: 560 xx xx 34 594
     Popular Vote: 2.68% xx xx 0.17% 0.73%

Timeline[edit]

  • April 10, 2007 - Treasurer Mitch Murphy unveils the provincial budget. Many people referred to this budget as an "election budget", as it had promises for everyone.[1]
  • April 17, 2007 - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) news article declares Wikipedia the new PEI election battleground, with edits to the Pat Binns article that some say are partisan in nature.[2]
  • April 26, 2007 - The ban on canned carbonated beverages was lifted. Canned beverages such as beer will be available by the summer, while soda will be available by January 1, 2008. This is thought to be a way to "grab votes" according to Sharon Labchuk and Dean Constable.[3]
  • April 30, 2007 - Premier Pat Binns calls the election at his constituency's Progressive Conservative nominating convention.[4]
  • May 1, 2007 - The Liberal Party release a series of political attack ads which many call "United States-style". One advertisement ran during Tuesday night's broadcast of American Idol on CTV. This type of advertising isn't normally seen in Island elections.[5]
  • May 11, 2007 - All four party leaders talk rural health care and doctor recruitment.[6]
  • May 15, 2007 - The first of a string of leaders debates was held. The leaders from all four parties attended.[7]
  • May 28, 2007 - Liberals win a majority of seats, in the PEI Legislature. Taking 23 of 27, while the Progressive Conservatives drop to 4 seats. The New Democrats and the Greens win none.
  • June 12, 2007 - Liberal government of Robert Ghiz is sworn in, following resignation of the Pat Binns government.
  • August 30, 2007 - Pat Binns named ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and steps down as leader of the opposition, and as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island.
  • September 4, 2007 - Olive Crane named interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island and made leader of the opposition.

Riding by riding results[edit]

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Cardigan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   Green   NDP   Other
Belfast-Murray River Pat Binns

1,527 (55.15%)

Charlie McGeoghegan

1,130 (40.81%)

Ahmon Katz

112 (4.04%)

  Pat Binns
Georgetown-St. Peters Michael Currie

1,678 (53.08%)

Danny Walker

1,389 (43.94%)

Jane Dunphy

94 (2.97%)

  Michael Currie
Montague-Kilmuir Jim Bagnall

1,447 (52.43%)

Billy Cann

1,313 (47.57%)

      Jim Bagnall
Morell-Mermaid Olive Crane

1,384 (46.46%)

Doug Deacon

941 (31.59%)

  Mike Avery

94 (3.16%)

Larry McGuire (Ind.)

560 (18.80%)

Olive Crane
Souris-Elmira Andy Mooney

1,212 (42.90%)

Allan Campbell

1,422 (50.34%)

Rachel Leslie

70 (2.48%)

Betty Fay

121 (4.28%)

  Andy Mooney
Stratford-Kinlock David McKenna

1,601 (45.94%)

Cynthia Dunsford

1,682 (48.26%)

Mark Wellman

129 (3.70%)

Jane McNeil

73 (2.09)

  David McKenna
Vernon River-Stratford Allan Fraser

1,321 (45.74%)

Alan McIsaac

1,387 (48.03%)

Gary Clauseheide

100 (3.46%)

Edith Perry

80 (2.77%)

  Wilbur MacDonald

Malpeque[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   Green   NDP   Other
Borden-Kinkora Fred McCardle

1,351 (39.11%)

George Webster

1,811 (52.43%)

Jamie Larkin

292 (8.45%)

    Fred McCardle
Cornwall-Meadowbank Margaret Duffy

908 (32.13%)

Ron MacKinley

1,761 (62.31%)

Paul Ness

78 (2.76%)

Kirk Brown

79 (2.80%)

  Ron MacKinley
Kellys Cross-Cumberland Steven Stead

1,246 (35.78%)

Valerie Docherty

1,811 (52.01%)

Peter Bevan-Baker

221 (6.84%)

Lorraine Begley

171 (5.37%)

  Carolyn Bertram
Kensington-Malpeque Mitch Murphy

1,574 (44.29%)

Wes Sheridan

1,788 (50.31%)

Jodie Bowmaster

192 (5.40%)

Mitch Murphy
Rustico-Emerald David Blacquiere

1,101 (33.69%)

Carolyn Bertram

1,970 (60.28%)

Sharon Labchuk

197 (6.03%)

    Beth MacKenzie
Tracadie-Hillsborough Park Elmer MacFadyen

1,102 (38.71%)

Buck Watts

1,577 (55.39%)

Robert Pendergast

95 (3.34%)

Peter MacFarlane

73 (2.56%)

  Mildred Dover
West Royalty-Springvale Wayne Collins

1,306 (40.72%)

Bush Dumville

1,766 (55.07%)

Larry Cosgrave

135 (4.21%)

    Wayne Collins
York-Oyster Bed Jamie Ballem

1,401 (39.38%)

Robert Vessey

1,970 (55.37%)

Joan Cullen

126 (3.54%)

James Rodd

61 (1.71%)

  Jamie Ballem

Charlottetown[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   Green   NDP   Other
Charlottetown-Brighton John Abbott

916 (33.07%)

Robert Ghiz

1,669 (60.25%)

Cindy Burton

185 (6.68%)

      Robert Ghiz
Charlottetown-Lewis Point Wes MacAleer

1,299 (41.06%)

Kathleen Casey

1,865 (58.94%)

        Wes MacAleer
Charlottetown-Parkdale Mike Molyneaux

1,101 (37.95%)

Doug Currie

1,666 (57.43%)

  Zain Esseghaier

134 (4.62%)

    Elmer MacFadyen
Charlottetown-Sherwood Chester Gillan

1,245 (39.84%)

Robert Mitchell

1,712 (54.78%)

Kat Murphy

83 (2.66%)

Brian Pollard

85 (2.72%)

    Chester Gillan
Charlottetown-Victoria Park Jason Lee

958 (33.41%)

Richard Brown

1,536 (53.58%)

Denise Reiser

166 (5.79%)

Dean Constable

207 (7.22%)

    Richard Brown

Egmont[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   Green   NDP   Other
Alberton-Roseville Cletus Dunn

1,364 (45.39%)

Pat Murphy

1,487 (49.84%)

Gerald O'Meara

95 (3.16%)

Jillian Kilfoil

59 (1.96%)

    Cletus Dunn
Evangeline-Miscouche Wilfred Arsenault

935 (39.80%)

Sonny Gallant

1,311 (55.81%)

Mannie Gallant

103 (4.38%)

      Wilfred Arsenault
O'Leary-Inverness Eva Rodgerson

1,055 (37.87%)

Robert Henderson

1,731 (62.13%)

        Eva Rodgerson
Summerside-St. Eleanors Brent Gallant

1,228 (39.33%)

Gerard Greenan

1,697 (54.36%)

Stuart Smith

86 (2.75%)

Paulette Halupa

77 (2.47%)

John W. A. Curtis (Ind.)

34 (1.09%)

  Helen MacDonald
Summerside-Wilmot Gerard McCardle

1,063 (39.90%)

Janice Sherry

1,645 (57.10%)

  Ryan Pollard

173 (6.00%)

    Greg Deighan
Tignish-Palmer Road Gail Shea

1,276 (44.85%)

Neil LeClair

1,569 (55.15%)

        Gail Shea
Tyne Valley-Linkletter Philip Brown

1,155 (41.94%)

Paula Biggar

1,599 (58.06%)

      Philip Brown

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Surplus P.E.I. budget adds millions in new spending - Prince Edward Island - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Wikipedia new P.E.I. election battleground - Prince Edward Island - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  3. ^ "End to can ban receives full support of legislature". Cbc.ca. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Binns calls P.E.I. election, seeks record mandate". Cbc.ca. 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  5. ^ CA. "Charlottetown". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Leaders talk rural health care". Cbc.ca. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  7. ^ CA. "Charlottetown". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 

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