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Green party celebrates absolutely astounding win in Prince Edward Island


first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – The Green party has pulled off an unprecedented electoral victory in P.E.I., doubling its standings in the legislature and potentially signalling a surprising shift in the political landscape of Canada’s smallest province.The upstart party increased the number of its MLAs on the Island to two from one in a byelection Monday following the resignation of a Liberal cabinet minister last month.Hannah Bell, the 48-year-old head of a businesswomen’s association in Charlottetown, easily defeated the Liberal, NDP and Conservative candidates, suggesting a breakthrough for the party that elected its first MLA just two years ago.“Against the odds, we totally knocked it out of the park,” Bell said in an interview the morning after a late night of celebrating her win. “It’s absolutely astounding and shows the real appetite for change.”Bell captured 35.3 per cent of the vote in the Charlottetown-Parkdale byelection, according to unofficial results from Elections PEI. Liberal Bob Doiron took second place with 28.5 per cent, Melissa Hilton of the PCs came in third with 26.9 per cent of the vote and New Democrat Mike Redmond captured 9.3 per cent.Because of the nature of P.E.I.’s small ridings, Bell won with just 768 votes.Bell — the executive director of the PEI Business Women’s Association — joins leader Peter Bevan-Baker as the second Green party member in the 27-seat P.E.I. legislature following his election in May 2015.The byelection was called to fill a seat left vacant when former education minister Doug Currie announced he was leaving politics to explore other professional opportunities. Premier Wade MacLauchlan quickly dropped the writ, prompting the opposition to question whether he was trying to catch them flat-footed.Don Desserud, a political science professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, said the Green win was likely linked to several factors, including a dissatisfaction with the governing Liberals over the prospect of school closures, the growing appeal of Bevan-Baker and a respect for Bell and her business background.“They like the Green party leader, they like the policies he stands for and they like the way he’s carrying himself in the house,” he said.“For the third parties, they usually win a seat and that’s it. So winning two seats is remarkable.”The victory makes it the second Green caucus in the country after B.C., where the Liberals were later defeated in a confidence vote, allowing the New Democrats to form a minority government with support from the Green party.Andrew Weaver, the B.C. Green leader, called Bell’s win a “tidal shift.”Federal Green Leader Elizabeth May said the win represented a growing acceptance of the party as a viable alternative to traditional political parties.“The growing success of Green parties in Canada and around the world signals an exciting trend — voters are increasingly looking to Greens when it comes to strengthening democracy, fighting for those less fortunate, and leading the way to a sustainable future,” May, who campaigned in P.E.I., said in an email statement.However, Desserud said a byelection win may not mean people are ready to abandon their traditional voting habits in a general election in a province where there has only ever been three seats that were not red or blue. He added that the voter turnout was about 60 per cent, which “doesn’t indicate to me there’s a great movement of anger” against the current government.“If you look at (the last general) election results across the province, the Greens did very well in this riding and well in the Charlottetown ridings, but in deep rural P.E.I. ridings they did not do so well,” he said.“Their problem is to translate that into general support in a provincial election.”Still, Bell sees her win is part of a widening trend across the country.“This is a continuation of that story of slow, steady change,” she said, noting a poster in her office that says, ‘Gentle pressure, relentlessly applied.’“We now have two caucuses in the country and it feels very small, but it feels very big.”David Coon, the New Brunswick Green leader and the party’s sole member in that province’s legislature, pounced on the win Tuesday as a sign “the winds of change are blowing across the Maritimes.”Bell, who lives with her 10-year-old daughter and mother in the riding, said she would likely continue to serve as finance critic when she takes her seat in the house, which may not happen until the spring if the legislature breaks soon.— By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more


Meet Leading Admissions Directors Clear Admit EditorinChief at Upcoming Events in San


first_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Los Angeles / New York City / Philadelphia / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Washington, DC Related Admissions directors from seven leading business schools will convene for two upcoming multi-school MBA admissions events, one next week in San Francisco and a second the following week in Washington, DC. Moderated by Clear Admit Editor-in-Chief Jeanette Brown, each event will feature representatives from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Cornell’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Duke’s Fuqua School, Michigan’s Ross School, NYU Stern School, UVA’s Darden School, and Yale School of Management (SOM).As part of these unscripted discussions, admissions directors will share tips not available on the schools’ websites as they answer hard-hitting questions designed to give attendees a head start on the application process. Applicants themselves will have an opportunity to pose their own questions both as part of a Q&A session at the end of the moderated panel discussion, as well as during an hour-long admissions fair that will take place during the second hour of each event. During the admissions fair, alumni from participating schools will also be present to answer questions about student life and the culture at each school. The first event will take place at the San Francisco Omni Hotel, located at 500 California Street, on Thursday, May 10th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The second will take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, located at 999 9th Street, NW, on Wednesday, May 16th, also from 7 to 9 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for each event, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early for registration and informal mingling with admissions directors and alumni from the participating schools.These events are open to anyone looking to apply to or enroll in an MBA program, especially the full-time programs at the host schools. Both events are free, but advance registration is requested. To register for the San Francisco event, click here. To register for the DC event, click here.Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn firsthand about seven leading business schools in a single evening. Walk away with a firm understanding of the general MBA application process and increased confidence in your approach, having gotten to know admissions personnel and alumni from each of the host schools. About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown center_img Meet Leading Admissions Directors, Clear Admit Editor-in-Chief at Upcoming Events in San Francisco, DC Last Updated May 2, 2018 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more