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Provincial and Territorial Elections

It’s a busy election period in Canada, with all three levels of government holding elections in 2015-2016. Here are some upcoming provincial and territorial elections across Canada

Prince Edward Island – May 4, 2015

The next provincial election was scheduled for the first Monday in October of 2015. The two political parties represented in the legislature have both changed their leaders since the last general election, and new Premier Wade McLauchlan did not have a seat. Media began speculating that a PEI election will be called earlier than scheduled, possibly in spring 2015, which would avoid an overlap with the federal election and give an opportunity for the new party leaders to stand head-to-head. This prediction proved correct, and PEI went to the polls on May 4.

Alberta – May 5, 2015

The next provincial election was scheduled not scheduled to occur until 2016. The four parties represented in the legislature all have new leaders, similar to the case in PEI. In a highly anticipated move, Premier Jim Prentice visited the Lieutenant Governor on April 7, 2015, to request a dissolution of the legislature and a general election. Election day occurred on May 5, 2015.

Northwest Territories – November 23, 2015

The next general election was scheduled for October 5, 2015. In March 2014, the legislative assembly of the Northwest Territories requested that the Northwest Territories Act be amended to allow the extension of their term so as to avoid an overlap in elections. The legislation stated that if, by April 1, 2015, the date of the federal election continued to overlap with the territorial election date, the territory would move back its election to November 23. This is now the official date for the next election.

Newfoundland and Labrador – November 30, 2015

On June 8, Premier Paul Davis announced that Newfoundland and Labrador’s next provincial election would occur on November 30, 2015. This has been rescheduled from the legislated second Tuesday in October of 2015 to avoid an anticipated conflict with the federal election. The province will also consider amending their legislation so that future conflicts between federal and provincial elections can be addressed by April 1 of an election year. When this overlap occurs, it is proposed that the provincial election is moved to the last Monday of that year if necessary.

Manitoba – Moved to April 2016

The next provincial election in Manitoba was scheduled to take place on October 6, 2015, less than a month before Saskatchewan’s provincial election. This date will overlap with the scheduled federal election date of October 19, 2015. In Saskatchewan, we wait until the writ period of the provincial election overlaps with the federal election to reschedule, but in Manitoba they have already rescheduled their provincial election. Under the province’s Election Act, because the federal election date had not changed by January 1, 2015, the provincial election was automatically rescheduled to the third Tuesday of April, 2016

Yukon – To be determined

The last territorial election took place on October 11, 2011. A general election usually occurs every three to five years. The premier of the Yukon decides when an election will occur. There has been no public statement to date as to when this election might take place.