May 2017

NDP Leader Expects Recounts

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 16:05 PM

NDP Leader Gary Burrill will be joining his colleagues in the legislature once it's recalled.

He says last night was a victory for the party who gained two seats in the house.

But he says the air of celebration is somewhat subdued.

"Tempered for us by our awareness of some of the excellent candidates we've had that haven't been successful."

Some of those losses came with very tight margins and Burrill says they're not quite done fighting yet.

McNeil Humbled, Ready For Second Term

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 15:45 PM

Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil says it's humbling to win a second straight majority government.

The Liberals secured 27 out of 51 seats in Tuesday night's election.

He's proud of the work done by the party and what they've been able to accomplish.

Liberals retained seats in Lunenburg and Lunenburg West while adding Chester - St. Margaret's in this region.

McNeil says he is proud of Hugh MacKay for becoming an MLA.

Less Nova Scotians Rock The Vote

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 14:31 PM

According to Elections Nova Scotia, little more than half of Nova Scotians cast a ballot last night.

Spokesperson Andy Leblanc says it shows that fewer and fewer people are heading to the polls.

"2013 was 58.2% so 53.55% is lower. Going all the way back to 1960 they used to have an 82% turnout."

Leblanc says Elections Nova Scotia is always working to make the voting process easier in hopes of drawing more people to participate.

He says the addition of advanced voting was a huge success with more people than ever voting before election day.

Peterson-Rafuse Disappointed By Election Night Flip Flop

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 13:22 PM

A discouraged and disappointed Denise Peterson-Rafuse is sounding off about this year's provincial election.

The incumbent for Chester - St. Margaret's says she was told she won the riding only to receive a phone call after midnight saying that wasn't the case.

Peterson-Rafuse led by 44 votes with one poll left to count and ended up losing by 90 to Liberal Hugh MacKay.

She says a recount is possible and questions the process by Elections Nova Scotia for out of district ballots.

Baillie Says Nova Scotians Have Spoken Loud And Clear

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:17 PM

Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Nova Scotians heard their message and responded by elected 17 PCs to the legislature.

During the last two weeks of the campaign, they worked to make health care the number one issue on voter's minds.

Something Baillie says resonated with people across Nova Scotia.

"Well we focused on health care because the voters were pointing us towards health care. And I hope all parties got the message."

But Baillie says the work doesn't stop with the election.

Liberals Win Second Majority Government

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 07:11 AM

The Nova Scotia Liberals will have a majority government for a second straight term.

Premier-Elect Stephen McNeil becomes the only sitting premier to maintain a majority in consecutive elections since John Buchanan in 1988.

NDP leader Gary Burrill won the riding of Halifax Chebucto and will now take his seat inside the legislature.

And leader of the PCs, Jamie Baillie comfortably held his seat in Cumberland South, winning just over half the votes in the riding.

A number of tight races led to seats being in question late into the night.

Chester - St. Margaret's : MacKay Upsets Incumbent Peterson-Rafuse on Final Poll

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 02:41 AM

As of now, it appears the Liberals have their first MLA in Chester - St. Margaret's since Jim Barkhouse in 1993.

Hugh MacKay learned around 12:30 Wednesday morning that he tallied 90 more votes than incumbent Denise Peterson-Rafuse of the NDP.

He was trailing her by 44 votes with results from one poll to be reported.

"I'm literally sitting in my driveway talking to my daughter in Vancouver explaining to her that the likelihood of changing over that number votes is not going to happen and then all of a sudden she went hysterical."

Incumbent Furey Gets Second Term in Lunenburg West

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 02:30 AM

Lunenburg West will continue to have Mark Furey as its MLA.

Furey won the riding with 3,839 votes.

The former RCMP officer was elected in 2013 and has held several cabinet positions including minister of business.

He says he's proud to have another term in office.

"I've never taken anything for granted. I have the upmost respect for the opinions of residents."

He says it took hard work during the election campaign getting to about 98% of homes in Lunenburg West.

Masland Brings PC Flag to Queens-Shelburne

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 02:24 AM

In the Queens-Shelburne riding, a new MLA was elected as former NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau did not reoffer.

The riding went from orange to blue.

Kim Masland, the Progressive Conservative candidate won the seat with 3,244 votes, beating her nearest rival Liberal Vernon Oickle by 941 votes.

Masland says she fought a hard campaign.

"I knocked on over 5,000 doors in this riding and on every doorstep health care overall was the major, major focus of this entire campaign and it is what is on the minds of residents in Queens-Shelburne. They're worried."