Move avoids clash with next federal election
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Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz
Islanders will be going to the polls a little later than originally planned in the next provincial election after Premier Robert Ghiz announced plans to push it back by about six months.
During Tuesday’s question period, Ghiz said the necessary legislation that fixes a date for elections would be changed to push back the election to move
it away from the next federal election in the fall of 2015.
“I can confirm the election is going to be in April of 2016,” he said.
Although Ghiz didn’t mention a specific date during question period, a spokesman for his office later confirmed it will be April 25, 2016.
P.E.I. isn’t alone in having fixed election dates.
Several other provinces and the federal government also have them, but the problem arose when a minority government triggered an early election that threw off the federal election cycle.
By doing so, it moved the next federal election to the fall of 2015, which is around the same time as those for several provinces, including P.E.I.
That’s why it wasn’t much of a surprise when Ghiz announced the change to P.E.I.’s election date, although until Tuesday it wasn’t clear if it would be held earlier or later than called for under the current legislation.
As for when the change will be made, Ghiz said the government was busy tabling legislation and won’t get around to addressing the election date this session.
Opposition Steven Myers was the one who asked about the election date, to which Ghiz responded that Myers might be worried there could be a snap election call.
“If they’re looking for an election then we’ll be more than happy to have one,” Ghiz said.