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Voting Day September 29, 2003  
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Political Timeline
CBC Online News | Sept. 17

Pre-Confederation 1800 - 1873
Post-Confederation 1874 - 1900
Pre-WWII 1900 - 1939
Post-WWII 1940 - 2003

 

 

   Post-WWII 1940 - 2003
John Walter Jones

John Walter Jones
Premier from 1943 to 1953

Jones was known well beyond the borders of Prince Edward Island for his expertise in fox farming. His book, Fur Farming in Canada, and his herd of purebred Holstein cattle won him international acclaim and the medal for being the best farmer in Prince Edward Island in 1935. He became the province's 20th premier in 1943. He left office in 1953 and was appointed to the federal Senate, where he served one year before passing away in March of 1954.

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Alexander W. Matheson

Alexander W. Matheson
Premier from 1953 to 1959

Matheson is the premier who illuminated rural Prince Edward Island. His government spent years extending the power lines from the province's larger communities to the most rural properties. By 1959, his Liberal administration had electrified rural residents.

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Walter Russell Shaw

Walter Russell Shaw
Premier from 1959 to 1966

Shaw became premier at the age of 71, after a career in agriculture, and worked to expand the food processing industry in the province. He government made changes to the school system, establishing a series of regional high schools that continue to exist today. His government also built a new administration building in downtown Charlottetown. The fifth floor of the Shaw Building continues to house the Premier's Office.

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Alexander Bradshaw Campbell

Alexander Bradshaw Campbell
Premier from 1966 to 1978

While Canada was captivated by a young Liberal named Pierre Trudeau, Islanders were watching their own energetic Liberal … Alex Campbell. At 33, he became one of the youngest Canadians ever to be elected premier of a province. Campbell helped strengthen the ties Islanders have to their history, offering incentives for homeowners and homebuilders, and concentrating on land use issues. He also established the P.E.I. Heritage Foundation, which still administers the museum system on the Island and works to preserve the Island's heritage.

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William Bennett Campbell

William Bennett Campbell
Premier from 1978 to 1979

Campbell won the job of premier when Alex B. Campbell resigned in September 1978.

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J. Angus MacLean

J. Angus MacLean
Premier from 1979 to 1981

MacLean was elected to the House of Commons 10 times over 25 years before moving to provincial politics. He was the federal minister of fisheries from 1957 to 1963. MacLean helped modernize, and championed, Prince Edward Island's agricultural heritage, running on a platform called "rural renaissance." Many of his government's initiatives brought the Island’s farms into modern agricultural operations. Premier Pat Binns served as a cabinet minister under MacLean.

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James Matthew Lee

James Matthew Lee
Premier from 1981 to 1986

Following the resignation of Angus MacLean, Jim Lee won the PC leadership convention and was sworn in as premier on Nov. 17, 1981. He won his own mandate in September 1982, serving as premier four years.

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Joseph Atallah Ghiz

Joseph Atallah Ghiz
Premier from 1986 to 1993

Joe Ghiz's love of Canada and Prince Edward Island was evident from his earliest brushes with public life. He returned from being educated at Harvard University to practise law on the Island, and became the leader of the opposition in 1982. Ghiz's Liberal party rode a wave of discontent with the federal PC government to victory in 1986. He is known across Canada for his work on the 1992 Charlottetown Accord, and as a fierce fighter for federalism.

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Catherine Sophia Callbeck

Catherine Sophia Callbeck
Premier from 1993 to 1996

On March 29, 1993, Catherine Callbeck became the first female in Canada to be elected premier. Callbeck spent time in the House of Commons before returning to the Island to run for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party. She won the leadership of the party on Jan. 23, 1993, and was sworn in as premier two days later. Callbeck's Liberals won a mandate two months later.

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Keith Milligan

Keith Milligan
Premier from 1996

Keith Milligan won the leadership of the Liberal party in 1996 as an underdog to Wayne Cheverie. One month after winning the leadership of the party and being sworn in as premier he called Islanders to the polls. He lost to current Premier Pat Binns.

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Patrick George Binns

Patrick George Binns
Premier from 1996 - present

Pat Binns served as both a provincial and federal politician before taking some time to run his farm in eastern Prince Edward Island.

He returned to politics in 1996, winning the leadership of the provincial PC party. His party won the election on Nov. 18, 1996 and he became the Island's 30th premier nine days later.

His government won a second mandate on April 17, 2000, winning all but one of the 27 seats in the P.E.I. Legislature.

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