Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island

The Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island is one of three major political parties on Prince Edward Island. The party and its rival, the Liberals, have alternated in power since responsible government was granted in 1851.

Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island
Active provincial party
LeaderDennis King
PresidentSydney Gallant
Founded1851; 172 years ago (1851)
Headquarters30 Pond Street
Unit B
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 9P2
Membership (2019)5,837[1]
IdeologyProgressive conservatism[2]
Green conservatism
Red Toryism
Political positionCentre-right
Seats in Legislature
22 / 27
Official website

History Edit

The policies of the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives (PCs) are very similar. The major differences are in their allegiances to federal parties and in personalities. The PC Party began as the Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island, and changed its name in 1942 to reflect the development of the federal Progressive Conservative Party.

The Progressive Conservatives formed the government in Prince Edward Island under Premier Pat Binns, starting in 1996. The party lost its bid for a fourth mandate in 2007.

In October 2010, following the resignation of Binns as party leader (in 2007), a leadership election was held.[3] Jim Bagnall became interim leader of the party in 2010 when previous interim leader MLA Olive Crane resigned the post to seek the permanent leadership of the party.[4]

Crane won the PC leadership in October 2010, and served for over two years. She resigned as party leader on 31 January 2013, and was succeeded by Steven Myers as interim leader.

Rob Lantz was elected leader of the party at a leadership election on February 28, 2015, at the University of Prince Edward Island Sports Centre, but resigned on September 23, 2015, after failing to win a seat in the 2015 provincial election.[5]

On October 15, 2015, the party chose Borden-Kinkora MLA Jamie Fox as interim leader[6]

James Aylward, MLA for Stratford-Kinlock, defeated Brad Trivers and was chosen leader on October 19, 2017, replacing interim leader Jamie Fox.

On September 17, 2018, Aylward announced his pending resignation as leader, effective upon the election of his successor on February 9, 2019.[7]

Dennis King was elected leader of the party, succeeding Aylward.

Traditionally, the Tories have done better among Protestant voters, while Liberals have had more support from Catholics. Politics on the island, however, has never been sectarian, and both parties have always had voters and members from both populations. Indeed, it has been the custom until recently for a Liberal incumbent of one denomination to be opposed by a Tory challenger of the same denomination and vice versa. This had tended to minimise religious sectarianism within the parties. The Liberals have also traditionally enjoyed the support of the province's small Acadian population concentrated in Prince County at the west end of the island. Progressive Conservative support has tended to be greater on the eastern half of the island.

Current MLAs Edit

Conservative and PC leaders Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "UPDATE: Dennis King wins P.E.I. PC leadership". SaltWire Network. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  2. ^ Campbell, Kerry (30 December 2019). "On P.E.I., a 'different breed' of conservative government — are they 'green Tories?'". CBC News. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Crane to lead P.E.I. PCs". CBC News. September 5, 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  4. ^ "Bagnall named interim leader". The Guardian. June 9, 2010. Archived from the original on July 29, 2018. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  5. ^ "P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz resigns". CBC News, September 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "P.E.I. Progressive Conservatives select Jamie Fox as interim leader". Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  7. ^ P.E.I. PCs to choose new leader Feb 9

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