The threat of charges against prominent members of the P.E.I. Green Party this week could work in the Greens' favour, says a UPEI political scientist.

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A little civil disobedience could do the P.E.I. Green Party some good, says political scientist Don Desserud. (CBC)

The party's interim leader Darcie Lanthier and incoming leader Peter Bevan-Baker are both facing charges for their involvement in protests Tuesday on the construction site for a realignment of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Charlottetown.

Bevan-Baker faces a trespassing charge, and Lanthier faces charges for both mischief and resisting arrest.

"They're still trying to get their brand, They're still trying get recognized, trying to be taken seriously.  This is a step in that direction," said UPEI political scientist Don Desserud.

"It's not a step you want to take too far. A little goes a long way, because they're willing to take a chance and get involved in causes. And aren't afraid to go all the way and they won't back down."

Desserud cautions too much civil disobedience isn't good for any political party, and generally doesn't sit well with mainstream voters.