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1996 Prince Edward Island general election

The 1996 Prince Edward Island general election was held on November 18, 1996.[1] It was the first election since 1893 to not use multi-member constituencies, and instead elect single members to 27 districts.

1996 Prince Edward Island general election

← 1993 November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18) 2000 →

All 27 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
14 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
PC
Lib
Herb Dickieson.jpg
Leader Pat Binns Keith Milligan Herb Dickieson
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal New Democratic
Leader since May 4, 1996 October 5, 1996 March 1995
Leader's seat Murray River-Gaspereaux Cascumpec-Grand River West Point-Bloomfield
Last election 1 seat, 60.7%1 seat, 39.5% 31 seats, 55.1% 0 seats, 5.4%
Seats before 1 31 0
Seats won 18 8 1
Seat change Increase17 Decrease23 Increase1
Popular vote 37,910 35,802 6,283
Percentage 47.4% 44.8% 7.9%
Swing Increase7.9pp Decrease10.3pp Increase2.5pp

Prince Edward Island general election, 1996 - Results By Riding.svg
Popular vote by riding. As this is an FPTP election, seat totals are not determined by popular vote, but instead via plurality results by each riding.

Premier before election

Keith Milligan
Liberal

Premier-designate

Pat Binns
Progressive Conservative

The governing Liberals of Premier Keith Milligan, who had been in power since Joe Ghiz first won government in 1986, lost to the resurgent Progressive Conservatives under their new leader, Pat Binns.

This was also the first election where a party other than the Liberals or Tories won a seat in the Legislature, with New Democratic Party leader Herb Dickieson winning a three-way race in a Prince County riding.

This election was the only one in PEI history where a party formed government without winning a majority of the vote until the 2015 election.

Contents

Party standingsEdit

Party Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
1993 Elected Change # %
  Progressive Conservative Pat Binns 1 18 +17 37,910 47.39%
  Liberal Keith Milligan 31 8 -23 35,802 44.76%
  New Democrats Herb Dickieson - 1 +1 6,283 7.85
Total   32 27 79,995 100%

Members electedEdit

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP
1. Souris-Elmira Andy Mooney
1,287
Ross Young
1,159
Brian MacDonald
54
Ross Young & Roger Soloman
1st Kings
2. Morell-Fortune Bay Kevin MacAdam
1,347
Walter Bradley
1,269
Kathy Murphy
40
Walter Bradley & Claude Matheson
2nd Kings
3. Georgetown-Baldwin's Road Michael Currie
1,463
Rose Marie MacDonald
1,182
Patricia Allen
43
Peter Doucette† & Roberta Hubley
3rd Kings
Merged riding
Rose Marie MacDonald & Barry Hicken
5th Kings
4. Montague-Kilmuir Jim Bagnall
1,259
Beverly Deelstra
964
Janet Gillis
71
New District
5. Murray River-Gaspereaux Pat Binns
1,309
Barry Hicken
1,022
Alan Hicken
112
Stanley Bruce
4th Kings
6. Belfast-Pownal Bay Wilbur MacDonald
1,275
Lynwood MacPherson
1,242
Edith Perry
99
Lynwood MacPherson
4th Queens
7. Glen Stewart-Bellevue Cove Pat Mella
2,357
Mary Hughes
914
Pat Burgoyne
146
Pat Mella (PC) & Tom Dunphy† (Lib)
3rd Queens
8. Tracadie-Fort Augustus Mildred Dover
1,511
Alan McIsaac
1,279
Suzanne Gibler
90
9. Stanhope-East Royalty Jamie Ballem
1,625
Eddie Reardon
1,404
Leo Cheverie
165
New District
10. Sherwood-Hillsborough Elmer MacFadyen
1,585
Larry Hughes
1,212
Ronald Kelly
207
Wayne Cheverie
5th Queens
11. Parkdale-Belvedere Chester Gillan
1,584
Stephen Dowling
1,008
Larry Duchesne
169
12. Charlottetown-Kings Square Brian McKenna
1,075
Wayne Cheverie
1,345
Sybil Frei
363
13. Charlottetown-Rochford Square Jeff Lantz
1,242
Paul Connolly
1,348
Mark Forrest
226
Paul Connolly
6th Queens
14. Charlottetown-Spring Park Wes MacAleer
1,481
Ian MacDonald
1,119
Leo Broderick
862
15. Winsloe-West Royalty Don MacKinnon
1,751
Perley MacNeill
1,575
James Rodd
190
New District
16. North River-Rice Point Brian Dollar
1,606
Ron MacKinley
1,958
Marlene Hunt
224
Gordon MacInnis‡ & Ron MacKinley
2nd Queens
17. Crapaud-Hazel Grove Norman MacPhee
1,666
Eric MacArthur
1,529
J'Nan Brown
312
Marion Murphy
1st Queens
18. Park Corner-Oyster Bed Beth MacKenzie
1,824
Gordon MacInnis
1,652
Gerard Gallant
187
New District
19. Borden-Kinkora Eric Hammill
1,521
Stavert Huestis
1,310
Gerard Sexton
195
Stavert Huestis & Libbe Hubley
4th Prince
20. Kensington-Malpeque Mitch Murphy
2,020
Bill Campbell
1,312
Calvin Roberts
227
New District
21. Wilmot-Summerside Greg Deighan
1,506
Walter McEwen
1,394
Bill McKinnon
492
Walter McEwen & Nancy Guptill
5th Prince
22. St. Eleanors-Summerside Gardiner MacNeill
1,145
Nancy Guptill
1,716
Marsha Arseneault
307
23. Cascumpec-Grand River Barry Balsom
715
Keith Milligan
1,823
Donna Lewis
162
Keith Milligan
2nd Prince
24. Evangeline-Miscouche Gerard Richard
735
Robert Maddix
1,519
Gerard Bernard
188
Robert Maddix
3rd Prince
25. West Point-Bloomfield Gary Morgan
695
Fairley Yeo
783
Herb Dickieson
921
New District
26. Alberton-Miminegash Eddie Trail
1,127
Hector MacLeod
1,351
Ed Kilfoil
175
Bobby Morrissey & Hector MacLeod
1st Prince
27. Tignish-DeBlois Gail Shea
1,149
Bobby Morrissey
1,413
Howard Waite
56

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Provincial General Election Results, 1996" (PDF). Elections PEI.