McNeil Liberals sweep to majority
As former NDP Finance Minister, Graham Steele, said on election night, “The arse is out of ‘er.”
Premier-Elect Stephen McNeil
Just before 9:00 pm on Tuesday night the election was called and Nova Scotians saw red.
The newly elected Premier of Nova Scotia is Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party. McNeil is representing the riding of Annapolis and he has a very comfortable majority to work with. MacNeil attended NSCC, and owned a small business for 15 years between 1988 and 2003.
In 2007 at the Liberal Leadership Convention in Dartmouth, McNeil was elected leader on the second ballot. In the 2009 election, McNeil led the Liberals to Official Opposition status, winning 11 seats.
It was an overwhelming win for the Liberals. At the time of press the Liberals held at 33 seats, the Progressive Conservatives held 11 seats and the New Democratic Party held 7 seats. McNeil will have himself a very large caucus to work with.
The autumn colours were in a particular flurry on Tuesday night; but those orange leaves kept falling as the red leaves flew sky high.
In the lead up to Election Day the Liberals were continuously gaining support from the public and the NDP were promising everything they could to get elected again. Jamie Baillie was also trying to breathe new life into the Progressive Conservatives.
Many voters felt let down by Darrell Dexter’s NDP government, the sentiment spoken by voters all over Nova Scotia was that there were far too many promises made and broken. Overall, the electorate seemed to be disenchanted with Dexter and his NDP government and they had no problem letting him know just how they felt.
In Ottawa the Federal Leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, was ecstatic with the win. “McNeil is a dedicated and tireless leader and I really look forward to working with him,” said Trudeau after the election was called.
MacNeil was quick to respond by telling Trudeau that he was ready to help him win votes in the next Federal Election.
It has been four years since Nova Scotia elected its first NDP government and voters had the chance tell NDP Leader Darrell Dexter that they certainly did not want him back. Dexter asked Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant to dissolve the House of Assembly which set in motion this provincial election.
The official opposition will be the Progressive Conservatives with Jamie Baillie at the helm. He is the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. He is a Chartered Accountant and the former President and CEO of Credit Union Atlantic.
The percentage of the popular vote had the Liberals at 45.5 %, The Progressive Conservatives at 27.2 %, the NDP at 26.2 %, the Green Party at .9% and the Independent at .3 %.
This election campaign marked the sixth for incumbent candidate Frank Corbett. He will not be deputy premier this time around. However, Corbett did win his riding and retained his seat in Sydney Centre.
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