By Sam Arseneau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for the picture with PEI’s four Liberal MPs, all reelected last night (Photo credits: John Robertson/CBC)
Last night, October 21st, people around the country watched with great interest as the election results were announced.
With 157 seats Justin Trudeau holds his spot as Prime Minister with a Minority Government, followed closely by the Conservatives with 121 seats. The Bloc Quebecois finished in third with 32 seats, then NDP with 24 seats, 3 seats for the Green party, and one independent.
The infamous People’s Party of Canada ended the night with no seats.
On PEI results were all on the same page, Liberals won in every riding, but the vote share was different in each.
In Cardigan, Liberal Lawrence MacAulay won with 10,687 votes, followed by Wayne Phelan, Conservative with 6,303 votes. Glen Beaton of the Green party with 3,006 votes, followed by Lynne Thiele of NDP with 1,458 votes. 233 votes also went to Christine Squires of the Canadian Heritage Party.
In Charlottetown, Liberal Sean Casey by almost double of the runner up’s votes. Darcie Lanthier of the Green party received 4458 votes, followed closely by Conservative Robert A. Campbell with 3924 votes. Joe Byrne of the NDP had 2,193. 168 votes went to Fred MacLeod of the Canadian Heritage Party.
Egmont voted in Liberal Bobby Morrissey with 7,513 votes. While the Liberal won this was bar far the closest race on PEI. Conservative Logan McLellan finished with 6,616 votes. Alex Clark of Green party had 3,747, and Sharon Dunn of NDP had 1,182.
Wayne Easter won for the Liberals in Malpeque with 9,533 votes. Green party’s Anna Keenan received 6,103 votes. Stephen Stewart of the Conservatives was closely behind with 5,899 votes. NDP Craig Nash finished with 1,495 votes.
We can see PEI’s Liberal results somewhat reflected the national result.
Federally the Liberals won the most seats, but fell short of forming a majority. Justin Trudeau will have to work with the other party leaders in order to get new laws passed.
The Conservatives won the popular vote with 34.4% of voters going blue, compared to 33.1% for the Liberals.