PEI Politics Potpourri

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The large decrease in Lennox Island land area is not surprising as PEI is one of the provinces most at risk from sea level rise (SLR) due to climate change. The high risk PEI faces is outlined in a combined federal government Natural Resources Canada - British Columbia government report that looks at risks of sea level rise due to climate change across Canada. 


The Province of P.E.I. has an ocean-influenced coastline of approximately 3,200 km. The coastline is deeply indented by tidal inlets, estuaries and salt marsh and generally alternates between headlands of steep sandstone bluffs and extensive sandy beaches. The coast of P.E.I. has been identified as one of the areas most sensitive to SLR in the entire country. Factors contributing to this sensitivity include soft sandstone bedrock, a sandy and dynamic shore zone which is sediment starved in places, low terrain behind the shore with significant flooding potential and documented high rates of shore retreat86.

Given that P.E.I. is the smallest Canadian province - the island is only 224 km long and between 6 km and 64 km wide - a significant proportion of the population lives on or near the coast.

The majority of the P.E.I. coastline has a high physical sensitivity to SLR. Parts of the North Shore of P.E.I. are rated highly sensitive because this coast is exposed to the open Gulf of St. Lawrence, with potential wave-generating fetches87 of several hundred kilometres. Decreased sea-ice cover in winter may increase the amount of open water fetch, creating larger waves superimposed on storm surges88. Although Charlottetown Harbour is largely protected from the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, relative sea level is rising and storm-surge events are increasingly common.





wage zombie wrote:

What are the rules for campaign donations across provinces?  Is it legal for those of us living outside of PEI to donate to their ridings and poiticians?

Rules vary by province. Here in Nova Scotia, contributions for provincial parties and campaigns can only come from those resident in Nova Scotia itself. 

The PEI Elections Act has no such restriction, as can be seen in the annual listing of party conributors.


wage zombie

It seems like PEI, while never having been strongly NDP, could serve as a bit of an incubator for core policies of the current federal NDP.

  • At risk from climate change, with nothing to gain from new pipelines
  • Voting in support of PR electoral reform
  • All PEI parties in favour of using PEI as a basic income pilot project.

Additionally, AFAIK, PEI is not very urban or comsmopolitan and is less multicultural then the ROC.  So, skewing towards the "white working class voters who have been left behind by the economy", that key demographic that the left and the right will be fighting to win going forward.

I have never visited PEI so I don't really know true my impressions are.

What are the rules for campaign donations across provinces?  Is it legal for those of us living outside of PEI to donate to their ridings and poiticians?


The map below of the Atlantic region of Canada clearly shows that nearly the entire province of PEI is at high risk of sea level rise  due to global warming. Almost the entire island is coloured red, whiich indicates a high risk of flooding due to sea level rise. 


Sea Level Rise

The map below shows the sensitivity of the coastlines of Atlantic Canada to the expected rise in sea level, due to climate warming. Sensitivity here means the degree to which a coastline may experience physical changes such as flooding, erosion, beach migration, and coastal dune destabilization. It is measured by a sensitivity index that is obtained by manipulating scores of 1 to 5 attributed to each of seven variables: relief, geology, coastal landform, sea-level tendency, shoreline displacement, tidal range, and wave height. For details on the index refer to J. Shaw, R.B. Taylor, D.L. Forbes, M.-H. Ruz, and S. Solomon. 1998. Sensitivity of the Coasts of Canada to Sea-level Rise. Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 505. Ottawa.



 sea level rise legend

Regions of high sensitivity include much of the coasts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Small areas of high sensitivity occur in Newfoundland and Labrador. The full map for Canada can be viewed in an  at Natural Resources Canada's Atlas of Canada Site.