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.

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.

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.

Stephen McNeil's Liberals Win Majority Government

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 05:17 AM

Leader Stephen McNeil and his Liberals have done what no government in Nova Scotia has been able to do since 1988.

They won back-to-back majorities.

It was a nail-biter though.

The Liberals were below that magic 26-seat threshold for much of the night.

They were elected in 27 seats, the Tories 17 seats and the NDP was elected in 7 seats.

In the last general election in 2013 , the Liberals won 33 seats, the Tories won 11 and the NDP won seven.

Two high-profile Liberal cabinet ministers lost their seats.

Queens-Shelburne Riding Goes Blue

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 00:03 AM

In the Queens-Shelburne riding there wasn't an incumbent winning the seat as former NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau is not re-offering in this provincial election.

The riding went from orange to blue.

Kim Masland, the Progressive Conservative candidate won the seat beating her nearest rival, Liberal Vernon Oikle by 944 votes.

Masland says she fought a very hard campaign.