Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party calls for changes to allow for automatic leadership review
Not only does Olive Crane support a leadership review, the sitting leader of the Progressive Conservative Party is calling for one.
Crane says she'd like her party to adopt constitutional changes to allow for an automatic review of the leader's job after every election.
There is currently nothing in the party's constitution to allow for an automatic leadership review.
Crane has consistently tracked well behind her party.
The latest polling data released Tuesday by Corporate Research Associates shows Crane 12 points behind her party.
PC Party support has increased when compared with the last poll conducted in August while Crane's own personal support has remained stagnant.
"It's not just about me personally, it's about any leader," Crane told The Guardian.
"Some parties have automatic leadership reviews every two years. I've asked the party to look at that."
More than a year ago, Crane asked the Progressive Conservative Party to review its constitution.
The rules that govern the party have not been overhauled for more than 25 years.
A committee is now doing that. It is expected to report back early in the new year.
If the constitution is changed, Crane's leadership could come up for review within the next two years.
"I think that's important. It's healthy. It gets people really excited again," Crane added.
The latest polling data shows the Liberal Party at 53 per cent. That's down from 59 per cent in August, when the last poll was conducted.
However, when compared against the Oct. 3 provincial election results, in which the Liberal Party received 51.4 per cent of the vote, the party remains right where it was on election night.
PC Party support is at 34 per cent. That's up from 31 per cent in August. However, it is down from the Oct. 3 provincial election when the party received 40.2 per cent of the vote.
The Island Democrats, Green Party and Island Party all remain in single-digit territory.
About 59 per cent of those polled say they are satisfied with the overall performance of the Ghiz government. That's down four percentage points.
Islanders who are dissatisfied with the Ghiz government increased nine percentage points to 37 per cent.
In terms of leadership, 50 per cent of Islanders say they prefer Robert Ghiz as premier. That's up four per cent.
Crane is the choice of 22 per cent of those polled, unchanged from August, when the last poll was conducted.
Don Mills, president of Corporate Research Associates,said Crane needs to improve those numbers if she wants to hold on to her party's top job.
"Olive Crane is not a strong asset at the moment for the party," Mills said in an interview.
"I think that's important. It's healthy. It gets people really excited again," Olive Crane
"They gained some seats but I don't think it was because of the leadership scores because her popularity is less than half that of Ghiz. I think there will be some questions about leadership of the party over the long run, whether or not Ms. Crane is the appropriate person to lead them into the next election."
Crane defends her job.
Her officials point out Crane's numbers are not much different than Robert Ghiz's when Ghiz was in Opposition.
Crane also questions the accuracy of the polling data, raising concerns about pollsters only surveying home phone numbers.
"This was the same polling firm that suggested not once but twice in October that we wouldn't win a seat," said Crane.
"We elected five people. How does he explain that?"
Pollsters surveyed 300 Prince Edward Island residents between Nov. 8 and 29.
The overall margin of error is plus or minus 5.7 percentage points 95 times out of 100.
About 26 per cent of those polled say they are undecided.
The PC Party isn't the only party without automatic leadership reviews. The governing Liberal Party also doesn't call for an automatic leadership review.
Personally speaking, Crane said she has no concerns about going up for a leadership review.
"Not whatsoever," she said.
"We're still gaining memberships. We had a very successful leader's dinner last week. Last night, we had one of the biggest Christmas events we've had in the past five years."
Corporate Research Associates carried out a poll of 300 Prince Edward Island residents Nov. 8 to 29. Poll is considered accurate within plus or minus 5.7 per cent.
Which one of the following individuals would you most prefer as premier of Prince Edward Island?
- Robert Ghiz/Liberal Party 50 per cent (46 per cent in August);
- Olive Crane/PC Party 22 per cent (unchanged);
- James Rodd/NDP 4 per cent (3 per cent);
- Sharon Labchuk/Green Party 3 per cent (2 per cent);
- Billy Cann/Island Party 0 per cent (2 per cent);
- None of the above 11 per cent (5 per cent);
- Don't know/No Answer 11 per cent (20 per cent).
To see the full polling data, click on View the Gallery. Each board is posted seperately.