Prince Edward Island election: First elected gay premier plus NDP and Greens gains

Courtesy: news5

The Liberals won their third consecutive election in Prince Edward Island on May 4.

 Although the Liberals remained in power, with 18 seats in the legislature, it was a historic night for both the Greens and the NDP who drew more than 10 percent of the vote. In contrast, they had less than five percent in 2011. Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker will be the province’s first Green MLA.

Wade MacLauchlan, who became Liberal leader on February 21, is the province’s 32nd premier, taking over from Robert Ghiz. He will also become chairman of the Council of the Federation, comprised of all Canadian premiers. MacLauchlan will also make history as the province’s first elected openly gay premier. He had been sworn in as premier on February 23, after winning leadership of the governing Liberal party.

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