Prince Edward Island general election, 2015
|Map of PEI's ridings coloured in based on how they voted|
The 65th Prince Edward Island general election was held May 4, 2015. Under amendments passed by the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in 2008, Prince Edward Island elections are usually held on the first Monday of October in the fourth calendar year, unless it is dissolved earlier by the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island due to a motion of no confidence. The current government had hinted that an election would be held "before Mother's Day" 2015, and such a dissolution would avoid any conflicts with the next federal election, expected to be held in October 2015.
The governing Liberals were elected to a third consecutive majority government under new leader Wade MacLauchlan, while the Progressive Conservatives made slight gains despite party leader Rob Lantz failing to win election in Charlottetown-Brighton. The Green Party, meanwhile, won its first seat in the legislature, with leader Peter Bevan-Baker elected in Kellys Cross-Cumberland. The New Democratic Party was shut out.
|Party||Party leader||Candidates||Seats||Popular vote|
|Progressive Conservative||Rob Lantz||27||5||3||8||+3||30,663||37.39%||-2.77%|
|New Democratic||Michael Redmond||27||0||0||0||8,997||10.97%||+7.81%|
Results by region
|Parties that won no seats:|
- October 3: The Prince Edward Island Liberal Party under Robert Ghiz is re-elected with a majority government in the 64th Prince Edward Island general election.
- October 13: The New Democratic Party elects Michael Redmond as party leader.
- November 3: The Green Party elects Peter Bevan-Baker as party leader
- December 5: Progressive Conservative leader Olive Crane announces her intention to resign as party leader in January 2013 after party members narrowly vote against having a leadership review. Crane further announces that she will stay on as Leader of the Opposition.
- January 30: Olive Crane resigns as Leader of the Opposition. The Progressive Conservative caucus names Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry, a candidate for the interim leadership, as Leader of the Opposition.
- January 31: Olive Crane resigns as Progressive Conservative leader. Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers is elected interim PC leader over Leader of the Opposition and Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry. Perry initially announces that he will remain Leader of the Opposition, despite Myers' urging that the party leader should hold both positions.
- February 11: Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry steps down as Leader of the Opposition, citing internal divisions within the Progressive Conservative Party. Interim PC leader and Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers is subsequently named Leader of the Opposition.
- October 3: In what is believed to be the first instance of a sitting MLA crossing the floor, Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry leaves the Progressive Conservatives to join the Liberals, citing his concerns with the federal Conservative governments changes to employment insurance.
- October 4: Morell-Mermaid MLA and former Progressive Conservative leader Olive Crane is kicked out of the party. Crane subsequently announces she will sit as an independent.
- November 13: Robert Ghiz announces he will be resigning as Premier in early 2015 as soon as the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party elects a new leader.
- February 21: The Prince Edward Island Liberal Party held its leadership election. As the sole candidate nominated, Wade MacLauchlan was acclaimed the new leader and incoming premier.
- February 23: Robert Ghiz resigns as Premier. Wade MacLauchlan is appointed and sworn in as the new Premier. Later that day, Ghiz, Wes Sheridan, and Robert Vessey resign as MLAs, triggering potential by-elections in their former seats (Charlottetown-Brighton, Kensington-Malpeque, and York-Oyster Bed, respectively).
- February 28: At the party's leadership election, Rob Lantz is elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island.
- April 6: After being nominated as the Liberal candidate for York-Oyster Bed, Premier Wade MacLauchlin dropped the writ, calling for an election on May 4, 2015.
- April 10: The Island Party drops out of the campaign, due to not having enough candidates 
- April 27: Party leaders' first televised debate, held in Summerside.
- April 30: A second televised debate was held for the party leaders, in Charlottetown.
- May 4: Election results - The Liberals win a third consecutive majority government, with a reduced number of 18 seats. The Progressive Conservatives remain as the official opposition, with an increase to 8 seats. The Greens make Prince Edward Island political history, winning their first seat.
|Polling Firm||Last date of polling||Link||Liberal||PC||Green||NDP||Island||Other|
|Corporate Research Associates||April 23, 2015||HTML||44||35||6||15|
|Abingdon Research||April 20, 2015||43||27||12||18|
|Corporate Research Associates||February 28, 2015||58||26||4||12||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||November 25, 2014||50||23||11||15||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||September 1, 2014||48||28||7||16||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||May 22, 2014||53||23||3||21||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||February 27, 2014||53||17||7||22||0||1|
|Corporate Research Associates||November 27, 2013||49||17||7||26||0||1|
|Corporate Research Associates||August 28, 2013||42||23||3||32||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||May 28, 2013||52||22||5||21||0||1|
|Corporate Research Associates||March 2, 2013||51||16||7||26||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||December 1, 2012||45||28||5||22||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||August 31, 2012||42||32||8||18||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||June 4, 2012||47||26||8||18||1||1|
|Corporate Research Associates||February 26, 2012||50||33||5||11||0||0|
|Corporate Research Associates||November 29, 2011||53||34||4||9||0||0|
|2011 election||October 3, 2011||51.38||40.16||4.36||3.16||0.91||0.02|
- Bold designates member of cabinet or Leader of the Party
- Italics in the Candidate section designates a person seeking the party nomination
|4. Belfast-Murray River||Charlie McGeoghegan
|2. Georgetown-St. Peters||Russell Stewart
|3. Montague-Kilmuir||Allen Roach
|7. Morell-Mermaid||Dan MacDonald
|1. Souris-Elmira||Tommy Kickham
|6. Stratford-Kinlock||David Dunphy
|Chris van Ouwerkerk
|5. Vernon River-Stratford*||Alan McIsaac*
|Mary Ellen McInnis*
- This riding vote count resulted in a tie between McIsaac and McInnis. As a result, a coin toss was held, which determined McIsaac, the Liberal candidate, as the winner.
|19. Borden-Kinkora||Ramona Roberts
|16. Cornwall-Meadowbank||Heath MacDonald
|Rosalyn Ridlington Abbott
|17. Kellys Cross-Cumberland||Valerie Docherty
|20. Kensington-Malpeque||Paul Montgomery
|18. Rustico-Emerald||Bertha Campbell
|Leah Jane Hayward
|9. York-Oyster Bed||Wade MacLauchlan
|13. Charlottetown-Brighton||Jordan Brown
|14. Charlottetown-Lewis Point||Kathleen Casey
|11. Charlottetown-Parkdale||Doug Currie
|10. Charlottetown-Sherwood||Robert Mitchell
|12. Charlottetown-Victoria Park||Richard Brown
|8. Tracadie-Hillsborough Park||Buck Watts
|15. West Royalty-Springvale||Bush Dumville
|26. Alberton-Roseville||Pat Murphy
|24. Evangeline-Miscouche||Sonny Gallant
|25. O'Leary-Inverness||Robert Henderson
|22. Summerside-St. Eleanors||Tina Mundy
|21. Summerside-Wilmot||Janice Sherry
|27. Tignish-Palmer Road||Hal Perry
|23. Tyne Valley-Linkletter||Paula Biggar
- PEI election called for May 4, 2015
- "Liberals win majority in P.E.I. election". CBC News. May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- "P.E.I. NDP elect Mike Redmond as party leader". CBC News, October 13, 2012.
- "Bevan-Baker acclaimed as P.E.I. Green Party leader". Charlottetown: The Guardian. November 3, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "P.E.I. PC Leader Olive Crane resigns". CBC News. December 5, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "Olive Crane resigns as P.E.I. Opposition leader". CBC News. January 30, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "Tories name new P.E.I. Opposition leader". CBC News. January 30, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "MLA Steven Myers named interim PC leader". CBC News. January 31, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "Perry to step down as Opposition leader". CBC News. February 11, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Wright, Teresa (October 3, 2013). "Hal Perry crossing floor to join Liberals". The Guardian. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "Olive Crane kicked out of PC caucus". The Journal Pioneer. October 4, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Wade MacLauchlan confirmed as P.E.I. Liberal leader
- "Experienced faces make up Wade MacLauchlan cabinet". CBC News. February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- Legislative Assembly of PEI: Members
- Rob Lantz celebrates Progressive Conservative leadership victory
- Island Party sitting out election
- PEI Votes 2015: Leaders' Debate
- Leaders met in 2nd TV debate
- Liberal Alan McIsaac wins seat in coin toss after recount tie. CBC News, May 19, 2015.