Editor: If I might briefly set the record straight, Dan Aiken is putting words in my mouth in suggesting that I now in any way agree with him on the issue of Census Agglomerations (CAs) versus Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and the defining of EI regions. Let me be perfectly clear.
At the moment, all EI regions comprised of stand-alone cities are CMAs, without exception, and have been since at least since 2001. Two of them may have technically been classified as CAs 20 years ago when the legislation setting the regions up was produced, but in reality they had reached the threshold population for a CMA even then.
If Mr. Aiken wishes to cling pathetically to that technicality to argue that making Charlottetown — which is not even close to being a CMA - a region on its own is not extremely unusual, that is his business, but I’d ask him not to misrepresent my opinion on the matter.
Chair, Dept. of Economics
University of Prince Edward Island