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The New Alberta And P.E.I. Looks To Make History On Two Fronts

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As this showpage description to The View Up Here's 10th season finale is being written, Albertans are voting for their Provincial government for the next four years. Maybe, depending on RCMP investigations. Review and analysis for the topic on this show will depend on those results, so there's not much to say except... Tune in for the TVUH take whether Alberta will be moving forward or backwards, by a lot.

But there is another election, in Prince Edward Island, on April 23rd that could make history on two distinct fronts. Incumbent Premier Wade MacLaughlin and the PEI Liberals have been trailing the PEI Greens and their leader Peter Bevan-Baker in polling for six months without pause. New leader Dennis King of the PEI Progressive Conservatives is also in the mix and could hold the balance of power if a minority result occurs. But indications are Canada may very well get the first elected Green party government in history, a sign of the times we live in.

The second historic event regards a referendum also on Election Day in PEI. It will be a simple Yes/No question on adopting a Mixed Member Proportional voting system, which would make this the last First Past The Post election in the Province. What sets this process apart from recent voting system change efforts is this time it is a clear proposition to voters. The question itself on the seperate ballot is laid out in the "Electoral System Referendum Act" so there is no room for confusion. This Act also includes specific and complete information on what the MMP system would be, how the voting process would change and what the results of it would bring. In other words, PEI has defined everything that BC refused to do.

All kinds of history to be made. We will look at the resultant history of Alberta's election and ramifications and the impending history of Prince Edward Island's two ballot election in one week.