Ridings to Watch: Charlottetown and Egmont PEI

Ridings to Watch: Charlottetown and Egmont PEI


WATCH ABOVE: Bill Kendrick reports on the campaign in Prince Edward Island

Housing and climate change are two big issues here but what everyone is watching is how well will the Greens do. In last April’s provincial election the Greens won eight seats making them the Official Opposition — a first in any Canadian legislature.

Running for the Greens in Charlottetown is Darcie Lanthier, an energy systems technologist, where she will be up against the incumbent Liberal Sean Casey and Conservative Robert Campbell, a 28-year veteran of the RCMP.

In Egmont the Green candidate is Alex Clark, a brewery owner and restaurant owner. The incumbent Liberal is Bobby Morrissey and the Conservative is Logan McLellan, a financial advisor, best known for giving away money to strangers at Christmas.

 
CHARLOTTETOWN IN 2015:

Sean Casey (Liberal) won with 56.3% support — and a 33.1% margin of victory (7,013 votes) over NDP runner-up Joe Byrne.

Charlottetown was the 279th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 75.6%.

CHARLOTTETOWN IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016)

SIZE: 44.3 km2

POPULATION: 36,094 people in 2016: a change of 4.4% from 2011. The average age is 42.7, with 13.9% age 14 and under and 19.7% 65 and older.

90% are Canadian citizens. 12.4% are immigrants. 1.6% indicated Aboriginal identity. 12.3% are visible minorities. 15.1% are 1st generation Canadians. 7.6% are 2nd generation. 77.3% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $239,450. Renters paid an average of $863 per month, with 14.2% in subsidized housing. 44.5% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 4.1% are condos. 6.8% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $30,026. 22.4% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 30% of children and 19.0% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Scottish: 12890 / Canadian: 11955 / English: 9830 / Irish: 9785 / French: 5900

IMMIGRATION: China, Asia-Other, United Kingdom, United States, Philippines are the top birth origins for immigrants. China is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino), and Nepali are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 86.04% English and 2.05% French.

EDUCATION: 15.2% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 27.5% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.


 
EGMONT IN 2015:

Bobby Morrissey (Liberal) won with 49.3% support — and a 20.3% margin of victory (4,336 votes) over Conservative runner-up Gail Shea.

Egmont was the 213th closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 77%.

EGMONT IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 1,483.1 km2

POPULATION: 34,168 people in 2016: a change of -1.2% from 2011. The average age is 43.7, with 16% age 14 and under and 21.3% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 98.5% are Canadian citizens. 2.9% are immigrants. 2.2% indicated Aboriginal identity. 2% are visible minorities. 3.6% are 1st generation Canadians. 4.3% are 2nd generation. 92.1% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $156,933. Renters paid an average of $750 per month, with 18.7% in subsidized housing. 70.1% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 1.6% are condos. 5.0% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $30,056. 17.9% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 23.1% of children and 25.3% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are Canadian: 17335 / English: 9035 / Scottish: 8615 / French: 8340 / Irish: 7580

IMMIGRATION: United Kingdom, Philippines, United States, China, Germany are the top birth origins for immigrants. Philippines is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino), Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Portuguese are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 88.64% English and 8.75% French.

EDUCATION: 27.2% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 10.8% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson