The Legislative Assembly is the parliament of Prince Edward Island, |
responsible for enacting legislation, approving the financial proposals
of government, holding the Premier and Cabinet accountable for their
actions & debating public issues. The Legislative Assembly is elected
for a statutory term of five years, but may be dissolved at any time
within that period by the Lieutenant Governor on the advice of the Premier.
Prior to 1893, Prince Edward Island had a bicameral system of government, consisting of a Legislative Council and a House of Assembly. These two bodies were amalgamated in 1893 to create one Legislative Assembly consisting of 30 members elected from 15 different constituencies. Each constituency returned a Councillor and an Assemblyman to the Assembly and they sat together instead of separate chambers. The only change to this system of returning members to the assembly was the addition of two Members resulting from the creation of 6th Queens in 1966. In 1996, the system and the electoral map were restructured, and the province now has twenty-seven Members of the Legislative Assembly, each elected from a different constituency.