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P.E.I. voters choose the PC minority among the green leap

Kevin Bisset and Theresa Wright, Canadian Press

Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:24 EDT

Last Updated Tuesday, April 23, 2019 22:42 EDT

CHARLOTTETOWN – Electors at P.E.I. have rejected their centuries-long embrace of Britain's bipartisan system by electing a minority government in Tory and for the first time surrendering the official opposition status of the Green Party.

As all polls are reported Tuesday, the Tories have won 12 seats, the Greens have occupied eight, and the current liberals, led by Prime Minister Wade McCloulan, have won six.

– Welcome to Prince Edward Island's new day! Chief of Torrey Dennis King told the supporters who immediately spoke of their approval. "Welcome to a new era of island policy, welcome to the tremendous honor and the great responsibility of the government."

Referring to the strong performance of the Greens, King said that this shows that island voters want their political parties to work together.

"This shows that Prince Edward Island wants countries to put their own guerrilla … to do the best for Prince Edward Island," he told the crowd.

Then King, who won the race on the Brackley-Hunter River, admitted he was defeated by his party's victory.

"I'm level and excited," he said. "It's a very surreal experience for me, I've come a long way, and the party has come a long way."

The Tories ended 37 percent of the votes, followed by the Greens of 31 and the Liberals of 29. The NRP received only three percent. The turnout was 77%, which is five percentage points less than the 2015 elections.

The thin tripartite race produces the first minority government since 1890.

The Greens have been conducting public opinion polls since August, sparking speculation that they could create the first green government of Canada.

Yet their strong performance in the election night is a big breakthrough for a party that has no place in the legislature until 2015. Then party leader Peter Bevan-Baker won a seat in parliamentary elections – after nine unsuccessful candidatures on an island and in Ontario .

"The Islanders responded to us by providing us with a record number of seats – most places ever made by the Green Party in Canada," he told the crowd at the PEI Brewing Company in Charlottetown.

"I am a strong believer in the ability of the Minority Government to create a collaborative environment."

King, a 47-year-old former journalist and consultant, was elected to head his party just two months ago. The Torres enjoyed an increase in polls last month, leaving them in virtual dead heat with the Greens and the Liberals when the campaign began.

Torrey's victory on an island is the last in a series of winnings for right-wing parties, including the victories in Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario – all this over the past year.

Earlier this year, Progressive Conservatives on the Island were considered to be a malfunctioning organization after no less than six leaders had sneaked in the last eight years.

Despite Torri's past internal conflicts, King was praised for conducting a solid campaign, mainly by strengthening a ruthlessly positive message – a tried and true tactic among island politicians.

Former Communications Director of former Prime Minister Torrey Pat Bins, King has performed well in talks and in a series of categorically delicate leaders.

However, the candidate for the recruited headmaster was dazzled by the slight contradiction of a series of tweets that had to be ridiculous, but instead insulted some who criticized them for being sexist and homophobic.

King, who also describes himself as a comedian and narrator of stories, admitted that some of the tweets are inappropriate.

Among other things, King promised to extend beer and wine sales to convenience stores.

Access to family doctors has emerged as a key issue in the campaign. All four countries talked about recruiting more doctors. According to Health PEI there are 13,083 inhabitants in the waiting list for a family doctor

Greater popularity of the Greens has prompted a national buzz in an otherwise weak campaign.

During the race, Bevan-Baker, born in Scotland, tried to persuade the islanders that Greens are more environmentally friendly by offering a platform focused on a number of social issues, including a promise to raise social assistance. prices.

The 56-year-old Green Leader won his ride at New Haven-Rocky Point.

The liberals sought a fourth mandate, reminding the islanders that the country's economy remained the strongest in the country.

Mcklauklan, 64, failed to win his seat.

"It's simple: the tide has turned, we have four years of good governance, a responsible government, and a very good governance of the province's finances," he told reporters.

"We did not leave any stone to review, we put forward a good policy, we set up a good team and we went and finished the job that the candidates are doing."

It will not be hard to say PE. is in tears, publishing impressive figures for higher wages, employment, immigration, housing start-ups, exports, retailing and tourism.

However, voters seemed inclined to lend McLuklaan to boost the economy, which was reflected in its relatively low ratings for popularity.

The new Democrats of Britain, led by 57-year-old Joe Burn, have not disputed in any way.

When the legislature is dissolved, the Liberals have 16 seats in the 27-seat legislature, the Tories are eight, and the Greens have two seats. There was an independent one.

A total of 14 seats are needed for a majority, but only 26 of the 27 seats were challenged on Tuesday.

On Saturday, EP elections postponed the vote in the Charlottetown-Hillsboro Park area after the death of Green Party candidate Josh Annei and his young son in a Hillborough river boat.

Bevan-Baker began his address to the supporters with emotional tribute to Underhigh. "I do not think I ever felt so overloaded with joy and grief at the same time," he said.

In the next three months, a selection will be made.

In addition to election results, voters voted in a referendum on electoral reform. Preliminary results show that they have refused to support the transition to proportionate representation, although the results were similar.

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