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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the NS liberals appear to have won a slim 1 or 2 seat majority , although there may be recounts in some of those ridings )

N.S. election: Liberals win slim majority

Josh Dehaas, CTVNews.ca Writer

Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:40AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:15AM EDT

Stephen McNeil’s Liberals will form the next government in Nova Scotia -- but with a slim majority of seats.
• Full Election Results Map

With approximately 99 per cent of votes counted, McNeil’s Liberals were leading or elected in 27 seats, while Jamie Baillie’s Progressive Conservatives were leading or elected in 17 seats and Gary Burrill’s New Democrats were leading or elected in 7 seats.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is embraced by his wife Andrea, daughter Colleen and son Jeffrey as he addresses the crowd at his election night celebration in Bridgetown, N.S. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

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Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie and NDP leader Gary Burrill, left to right, have a chat before the start of a leaders' round table at Saint Mary's University in Halifax on May 25, 2017. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

A party needs 26 seats for a majority in the 51-seat legislature.

McNeil managed the victory despite a campaign against him by public sector unions and accusations from both Burrill and Baillie that the province’s health care system is in crisis.

In his victory speech -- offered before it was clear his majority would hold – McNeil said he will work with Burrill and Baillie to continue to move the province forward.

McNeil said the campaign was about keeping the province “sustainable” for future generations.

“We need to build a stronger economy so more of our daughters and sons can live and raise their families here in Nova Scotia,” he said.

McNeil later told CTV News that his “goal is to reintroduce that budget exactly as it was.”

PC Leader Jamie Baillie said in a speech shortly after midnight that the results showed Nova Scotians are not happy with the McNeil government.

Baillie also said that “the people of Nova Scotia are saying they want their political parties to work together and we get that message.”

NDP Leader Gary Burrill addressed the possibility of a minority government in his concession speech, delivered before 11 p.m., saying the NDP campaigned on “major investments in the lives of our people.”

“A government that is prepared to move forward in such investments will find in us a diligent and strong ally,” Burrill said. “And a government that fails to move forward with such investments will find that it has to contend in a serious way with our opposition.”

Burrill had campaigned on going into deficit in order to afford more services like more doctors, nurses and child care, while McNeil and Baillie had vowed to fix health care and balance the province’s budget without increasing a debt that already tops $15 billion.

University of Toronto Political Science Lecturer Pauline Beange told CTV News Channel earlier Tuesday that the province’s high debt “is going to limit whatever party is going to be in power, unless they come up with some very creative ways to cut expenses.”

Low turnout

Voter turnout was projected at 43 per cent. That would represent a large drop from the 58 per cent turnout in 2013, 59 per cent in 2009, 62 per cent in 2006 and 69 per cent in 1998.


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why the Nova Scotia election gave all the major parties something to celebrate

NDP's Gary Burrill, PC's Jamie Baillie do more than enough to answer lingering questions about leadership

By Michael Gorman, CBC News Posted: May 31, 2017 6:00 AM AT| Last Updated: May 31, 2017 6:00 AM AT

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil waves as he heads from the stage with his wife, Andrea, daughter Colleen and son Jeffrey after addressing supporters at his election night celebration in Bridgetown.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has his second majority, although he might not have any more fingernails.

Throughout the dying days of the election campaign, Liberal organizers — and McNeil — said they believed the party was on track to win a second majority government. But they likely didn't expect the serpentine path that awaited them Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning). It wasn't until almost 1 a.m. AT that the Grits officially had the numbers they needed.

If there was an image that prevailed from the 2013 election campaign when everything went McNeil's way and the Liberals faced little opposition, it was a stop at a seniors' home in Truro where he shared an impromptu dance with one of the residents. Even the best photo-ops found him during that campaign.

Battle scars add up

Over the last few years, after repeated fights with organized labour, the photo-ops started to change. Frequently they involved hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters outside Province House. And on one memorable day they involved the premier flanked by a half dozen police officers as he was escorted from the legislature to his office after a particularly controversial vote, protesters held at bay at the end of a blocked-off street.

This election was never going to be as easy as the last and McNeil, as politically astute as he is, knew that as well as anyone. But even he likely didn't foresee losing his House leader and long-time confidant, Michel Samson, or Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, both of whom were defeated by first-time candidates for the Tories and NDP, respectively.

High-profile Liberal cabinet ministers Samson, Bernard lose ridings

Opposition parties had pushed a narrative that McNeil wasn't listening and that health care was in shambles because of him and his team. During his acceptance speech in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the premier seemed to give a nod to some of those problems when he said he'd heard people and he's listening. He specifically mentioned Cape Breton, where in the last month hundreds of people have attended health-care rallies and doctors have stuck their necks out publicly.

Baillie not going anywhere

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Nova Scotia PC Leader Jamie Baillie, centre, arrives with his family before delivering a speech to supporters at his headquarters in Springhill on election night. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)

Cape Breton might be Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie's favourite place in the province right now.

It came through for the Tory leader in a big way, in terms of both seats and vote share, capped by the improbable defeat of Samson. Baillie said during the campaign that health care was the No. 1 issue and that voters were telling him that. In the case of Cape Breton, at least, that certainly seemed to be true.

Like all three party leaders, Baillie said throughout the campaign he was in it to win it. But that was always going to be an enormous hill to climb.

While he isn't premier, he certainly did enough to fend off concerns about people gunning for his job. He addressed the issue before anyone else could, saying in his speech to supporters he would continue to lead the party.

By picking up seven seats and making major vote-share gains, it would be a tall task right now for anyone to try to wrestle the job away from him.

From the gallery to the front benches

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Nova Scotia NDP leader Gary Burrill celebrates with supporters in Halifax after winning his seat. (The Canadian Press)

And what of NDP Leader Gary Burrill?

Once thought by some factions of the NDP as a potentially catastrophic choice to lead the party, Burrill was more emboldened than ever as he spoke to a ballroom full of supporters after winning his seat and promising to make the issues he champions a regular part of the conversation at Province House.

His win means he won't have to worry about questions of his political future, and will take a seat with colleagues in the legislative chamber, as opposed to watching from the public gallery at Province House.

He's joined by six other members, some returning and some new, and a party with a renewed sense of hope after the crushing defeat of 2013 that sent their first and only government to the electoral hinterlands.

Try telling Burrill and his team they weren't winners Tuesday night.

What's it mean for Province House?

What all of this means for when Province House resumes sitting remains to be seen.

McNeil struck a conciliatory tone during his speech, pledging to work with Baillie and Burrill on common goals such as improving health care, helping those less fortunate and making it easier for young people to stay and work in Nova Scotia.

But he's also a man who still has a majority, still has a plan, and so it probably should not be a surprise that he wouldn't pledge to alter the budget he introduced before this election was called. After all, he doesn't need to. He has the votes. He's been down this road before.

Unlike 2013, McNeil didn't dance away with anything on Tuesday. But for the first time in a while, he seemed to be having a good time and a weight seemed lifted off his shoulders. For at least one night, he and his political opponents had that in common.


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

High-profile Liberal cabinet ministers Samson, Bernard lose ridings

Rookie PC candidate Alana Paon wins Cape Breton-Richmond, NDP's Susan Leblanc wins Dartmouth North

By Frances Willick, CBC News Posted: May 31, 2017 12:33 AM AT| Last Updated: May 31, 2017 3:07 AM AT

Michel Samson, pictured here in 2015, has lost his riding to newcomer Alana Paon.

Two high-profile Liberal cabinet ministers have lost their seats.

Longtime MLA Michel Samson was defeated — by just 20 votes — in a major upset in what was supposed to be a Liberal stronghold.

Tory challenger Alana Paon won Cape Breton-Richmond with 3,336 votes to Samson's 3,316 votes, according to unofficial results from Elections Nova Scotia.

Samson had represented the area since 1998. He was first elected when he was just 25, at that time becoming the youngest member ever elected to the legislature.

Paon works in the fields of youth leadership, entrepreneurship, and economic development. She also owns a sheep farm.

Samson has served as the minister of economic and rural development and tourism, the minister of Acadian affairs and minister of the environment, among other portfolios.

Bernard loses Dartmouth North

Joanne Bernard, the minister of community services, lost in Dartmouth North to rookie NDP candidate Susan Leblanc. Leblanc won the riding by 325 votes, according to unofficial results.

Bernard was first elected in 2013. She was also the minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act.

Bernard said early Wednesday morning she was disappointed with the results.

"The riding has traditionally been NDP for the last 20 years. It was ignored for 20 years," she said. "I made a lot of investments over the last three and a half years, and they had a strong voice in cabinet, and now they don't.

"I did my best. I wish Susan well. She has a big job ahead of her. We'll see how that goes."

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Joanne Bernard, who was the community services minister, has lost her seat to the NDP's Susan Leblanc. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Leblanc is a stage and film actress and is a lead member of the Zuppa Theatre Company. She campaigned on issues such as food security, affordable housing and education, a $15 minimum wage, support for the arts and investment in health care.

The riding of Dartmouth North was in the hands of the NDP from 1998 until Bernard won in 2013. Before that, the riding had been held by Liberals dating back to 1988.

Hines gets squeaker win

Natural Resources Lloyd Hines won his riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, but by a slim margin of just 71 votes.

Hines has been criticized for some of his spending practices when he was a municipal warden, prior to entering provincial politics.

A report released in April by the province's Office of the Ombudsman said he charged thousands of dollars in personal purchases and cash advances to a corporate credit card while he was warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, though he paid all those expenses back.

Hines was nearly unseated by Progressive Conservative candidate Rob Wolf, a teacher at St. Mary's Academy in Sherbrooke.


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( although the pc's didn't win , they appear to have added 7 new mla's and have a larger caucus more spread out across NS and more reflective of the province , with more women , the 3 wins in the Halifax area are also a good sign ( dartmouth east , Cole harbour-eastern passage and Sackville- beaver bank )

Who won in your riding? See the list of elected MLAs

Nova Scotia has 51 seats to fill in the House of Assembly

CBC News Posted: May 30, 2017 8:44 PM AT| Last Updated: May 31, 2017 1:49 AM AT

Nova Scotians will send 51 MLAs to Province House.

The winning candidates are highlighted in bold.

These are based on vote numbers from Elections Nova Scotia.

■Zac Crockatt, Green
■Ginny Hurlock, Progressive Conservative
■Stephen McNeil, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Kent Robinson, Atlantica
■Colin Sproul, New Democrat

■Randy Delorey, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Moraig MacGillivray, New Democrat
■Ray Mattie, Progressive Conservative
■Ryan Smyth, Atlantica ​

■Chris d'Entremont, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Louis d'Entremont, Liberal
■Greg Foster, New Democrat

■Michealle Hanshaw, Green
Kelly Regan, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Valerie White, Progressive Conservative
■Blake Wright, New Democrat

Cape Breton Centre
■Tammy Martin, New Democrat
■Louie Piovesan, Progressive Conservative
■David Wilton, Liberal (Incumbent)

Cape Breton-Richmond
■Larry Keating, New Democrat
■Alana Paon, Progressive Conservative
■Michel Samson, Liberal (Incumbent)

■Julie Chaisson, Progressive Conservative
■Hugh MacKay, Liberal
■Denise Peterson-Rafuse, New Democrat (Incumbent)
■Harry Ward, Green

■Norm Cormier, Progressive Conservative
■Harold Neil, New Democrat
Gordon Wilson, Liberal (Incumbent)

Clayton Park West
■Jonathan Dean, Atlantica
■Rafah DiCostanzo, Liberal
■Paul Kimball, Progressive Conservative
■Thomas Trappenberg, Green
■Rana Zaman, New Democrat

Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
Larry Harrison, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Janet Moulton, New Democrat
■Matthew Rushton, Liberal

Colchester North
Karen Casey, Liberal (Incumbent)
■James Finnie, New Democrat
■Rebecca Taylor, Progressive Conservative

Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage

Barbara Adams, Progressive Conservative
■Nancy Jakeman, New Democrat
■Rebecca Mosher, Green
■Joyce Treen, Liberal (Incumbent)

Cole Harbour-Portland Valley
■André Cain, New Democrat
Tony Ince, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Chris Mont, Progressive Conservative
■Melanie Mulrooney, Green

Cumberland North
■Bill Archer, Atlantica
■Earl Dow, New Democrat
■Terry Farrell, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Richard Plett, Independent
■Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, Progressive Conservative

Cumberland South
Jamie Baillie, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Larry Duchesne, New Democrat
■Kenny Jackson, Liberal
■Michael (Thor) Lengies, Atlantica

Dartmouth East
■Edgar Burns, Liberal (Incumbent)
Tim Halman, Progressive Conservative
■Bill McEwen, New Democrat
■Matthew Richey, Green

Dartmouth North
■Joanne Bernard, Liberal (Incumbent)
■David Boyd, Atlantica
■Tyler Colbourne, Green
Susan Leblanc, New Democrat
■Melanie Russell, Progressive Conservative

Dartmouth South
■Vishal Bhardwaj, Liberal
Claudia Chender, New Democrat
■Jad Crnogorac, Progressive Conservative
■J.A. (Jim) Murray, Atlantica
■June Trenholm, Green

Eastern Shore
■Devin Ashley, New Democrat
■Patricia Auchnie, Progressive Conservative
■Andy Berry, Green
■Randy Carter, Independent
Kevin Murphy, Liberal (Incumbent)

Fairview-Clayton Park
Patricia Arab, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Paul Beasant, Progressive Conservative
■Charlene Boyce, Green
■Joanne Hussey, New Democrat

Glace Bay
■Lois MacDougall, New Democrat
Geoff MacLellan, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Steven MacNeil, Atlantica
■John White, Progressive Conservative

Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie
Lloyd Hines, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Marney Simmons, New Democrat
■Rob Wolf, Progressive Conservative

Halifax Armdale
Lena Diab, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Sylvia Gillard, Progressive Conservative
■Michael (Mike) McLeod, Atlantica
■Marc-André Tremblay, Green
■David Wheeler, New Democrat

​Halifax Atlantic
■Chelsey Carter, Green
■Bruce Holland, Progressive Conservative
■Trish Keeping, New Democrat
Brendan Maguire, Liberal (Incumbent)

Halifax Chebucto
■​Gary Burrill, New Democrat
■John Chisholm, Progressive Conservative
■Casey Meijer, Green
■Joachim Stroink, Liberal (Incumbent)

Halifax Citadel-Sable Island
■Rob Batherson, Progressive Conservative
Labi Kousoulis, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Glenn Walton, New Democrat
■Martin Willison, Green

Halifax Needham
■Melinda Daye, Liberal​
■Matthew Donahoe, Progressive Conservative
■Andrew Jamieson, Green
Lisa Roberts, New Democrat (Incumbent)

Hammonds Plains-Lucasville
■Jessica Alexander, Green
Ben Jessome, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Paul McGuinness, New Democrat
■Matt Whitman, Progressive Conservative​

Hants East
■Liam Crouse, New Democrat
■Jenn Kang, Green
■John MacDonald, Progressive Conservative
Margaret Miller, Liberal (Incumbent)

Hants West
■Edward Boucher, Atlantica
■Torin Buzek, Green
■Lalia Kerr, New Democrat
■Janice Munroe Dodge, Progressive Conservative
Chuck Porter, Liberal (Incumbent)

Allan MacMaster, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Bobby Morris, Liberal
■Michelle Smith, New Democrat

Kings North
■Ted Champion, New Democrat
■Bryden Deadder, Atlantica
John Lohr, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Mary Lou Harley, Green
■Geof Turner, Liberal

Kings South
■Peter Harrison, Progressive Conservative
■Joel Hirtle, Atlantica
Keith Irving, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Sheila Richardson, Green
■Stephen Schneider, New Democrat

Kings West
■Cheryl Burbidge, New Democrat
Leo Glavine, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Chris Palmer, Progressive Conservative
■Madeline Taylor, Green

■Marc Breaugh, New Democrat
Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Brian Pickings, Progressive Conservative

Lunenburg West

Mark Furey, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Carole Hipwell, Progressive Conservative
■Lisa Norman, New Democrat
■Michael Sheppard, Green

■Ronald Crowther, New Democrat
■John Higgins, Liberal
■Eddie Orrell, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)

​Pictou Centre
■Jeff Davis, Liberal
Pat Dunn, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Henderson Paris, New Democrat

Pictou East
■John Fraser, Liberal
Tim Houston, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Deborah Stiles, New Democrat

Pictou West
Karla MacFarlane, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Ben MacLean, Liberal
■Shawn McNamara, New Democrat
■Cecile Vigneault, Green

■Aaron Alexander, Green
■Irvine Carvery, Progressive Conservative
Keith Colwell, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Shelley Fashan, New Democrat

■John Davis, New Democrat
Kim Masland, Progressive Conservative
■Kathaleen Milan, Green​
■Vernon Oickle, Liberal

Sackville-Beaver Bank
■Rita Billington, Atlantica
■Stephen Gough, Liberal (Incumbent)
Brad Johns, Progressive Conservative
■Dennis Kutchera, New Democrat
■Michael Montgomery, Green

■John Giannakos, Progressive Conservative
■​Michel Hindlet, Liberal
■Tanner Montgomery, Green
■Cathy Morgan, Atlantica
Dave Wilson, New Democrat (Incumbent)

Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg
■Katherine MacDonald, Liberal
Alfie MacLeod, Progressive Conservative (Incumbent)
■Bill Matheson, New Democrat

Sydney-Whitney Pier
■Madonna Doucette, New Democrat
■Laurie MacIntosh, Progressive Conservative
Derek Mombourquette, Liberal (Incumbent)

■​Tim Kohoot, Progressive Conservative
■Matt Mansfield, Atlantica
■Linda Moxsom-Skinner, New Democrat
Iain Rankin, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Kai Trappenberg, Green

Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
■Craig Johnson, Liberal
■Keltie Jones, Progressive Conservative
Lenore Zann, New Democrat (Incumbent)

Victoria-The Lakes
Keith Bain, Progressive Conservative
■Lisa Bond, New Democrat
■Pam Eyking, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Adrianna MacKinnon, Green
■Stewart (Stemer) MacLeod, Independent

Waverley-Fall River- Beaver Bank
■Anthony Edmonds, Green
Bill Horne, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Dan McNaughton, Progressive Conservative
■Trevor Sanipass, New Democrat

■Mitch Bonnar, Progressive Conservative
Zach Churchill, Liberal (Incumbent)
■Jim Laverie, Green
■David Olie, New Democrat


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( for whatever reason this election failed to capture peoples attention in Nova Scotia , even though many of the ridings were decided by very small margins and peoples votes would of counted greatly in such close races )

Nova Scotia voter turnout slumps to all-time low as less than 54 per cent vote

By The Canadian Press — May 31 2017

HALIFAX — Voter turnout in Nova Scotia has slumped to an all-time low, with less than 54 per cent of eligible voters casting ballots in Tuesday's provincial election.

Of the 748,633 registered electors in the province, only 400,898 cast a ballot in a tight race that saw Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil nab a second consecutive majority government.

The urban riding of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island recorded one of the lowest voter turnouts on record, with just over 40 per cent of electors registering a vote.

Cape Breton-Richmond, an electoral district on the southwestern side of the island, had the biggest turnout of voters vying to elect the members to the 63rd general assembly with nearly 70 per cent of voters casting a ballot.

Elections Nova Scotia spokesman Andy LeBlanc says the low turnout was a disappointing departure from the strong early voting turnout, in which 112,900 voters cast their ballots at advanced polls.

He says it's the lowest voter turnout since 1960 and likely the lowest turnout of registered electors since the first Nova Scotia general election in 1867.

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one of the things which has to be the most frustrating about the election outcome and the liberals 2 seat majority for the pc's .

as there is 2 pc turned liberal mla's in caucus and both got re-elected in ridings that historically have been pc and really should of been pc ridings this year ( Hants west and Colchester North ) . Karen Casey and Chuck Porter both won cause of there names and fact there high profile incumbents . but if they had both stayed pc , its highly unlikely the liberals would of won either of those ridings

it shows how desperate the liberals are to hold onto power and how there willing to go the extra mile to keep it . the addition of independent mla chuck porter seemed rather odd considering at the time liberals had a large majority and polling very well , why did they need him ? but now his addition seems rather critical as without his riding they'd barely have a majority and if Casey had stayed pc they only have a minority

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( the election may be over but I noticed this article , which talks about 3 recounts taking place in ridings the liberals narrowly won , they'll need to win the recounts to secure a majority )

3 defeated Nova Scotia candidates seek vote recount

2 Tories, 1 New Democrat have filed for a judicial recount

By Paul Withers, CBC News Posted: Jun 05, 2017 5:40 PM AT| Last Updated: Jun 05, 2017 8:36 PM AT

The deadline to seek a recount was end of day Monday.

Three defeated candidates in Nova Scotia's May 30 provincial election have filed for a judicial recount: two Tories and one New Democrat.

The deadline to seek a recount was end of day Monday.

In the riding of Chester-St. Margaret's, New Democrat Denise Peterson-Rafuse lost by 90 votes to Liberal Hugh MacKay when votes from the last poll were counted. She applied for a recount on Friday.

The NDP said Peterson-Rafuse would not be interviewed Monday.

Progressive Conservative candidate Dan McNaughton was defeated by Liberal Bill Horne in Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank. The difference was 66 votes.

In Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, PC candidate Rob Wolf is also seeking a recount after losing by 71 votes to Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Hines.

Both the PCs and NDP said no dates have been set for the recounts.

Closest result not challenged

Meanwhile longtime Liberal Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson — who lost by the narrowest margin on election night to Progressive Conservative Alana Paon — has chosen not to seek a recount.
■Who won in your riding? See the list of elected MLAs

"On election night I accepted the fact that the PC candidate had secured more votes than we had and called to congratulate her," Samson said in a statement released by the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.

"After the official addition on June 1, the margin of victory remains at 21 votes. I met with my campaign team Sunday night and they unanimously supported my decision not to seek a judicial recount."

Samson represented the eastern Cape Breton riding since 1998 and was the longest continuously serving MLA in the legislature.

In a statement he thanked his family, campaign team, colleagues and Premier Stephen McNeil.

"While I realize many will be disappointed in my decision not to seek a judicial recount, I ask that they accept the results and allow our new MLA to represent our riding."

NDP concerned about out-of-district ballots

In Chester-St. Margaret's, NDP spokesman John McCracken said the party may also have questions about the counting of ballots cast outside the riding.

"We found out at 12:15 a.m. that there were 800 out-of-district ballots that hadn't been factored in yet and we didn't even know about them. Those were a surprise to us. We thought we had counted all the continuous and advanced ballots in the riding," McCracken told CBC News.

McCracken said the NDP were told the ballots were going to be counted in the riding but instead they were counted in Halifax.

A spokesperson for the provincial NDP campaign said the party was aware votes were being counted outside the district and McCracken's comments only reflected the Chester St. Margaret's campaign's position.

"This was information provided by the local Returning Officer to the local campaign. The NDP was aware that all 51 continuous polls would be counted centrally in Halifax and did provide scrutineering," Kaley Kennedy wrote via email Monday evening.

'It's a significant amount of votes'

"The campaign had no involvement in that balloting process and that was 10 per cent of the entire ballots cast. So it's a significant amount of votes. It's a new process. There are new changes to the act," he said.

"We want to make sure that nothing that was done that night was a contravention of the act."

McCracken said that review will take place over the next 30 days.

Elections Nova Scotia spokesperson Andy Leblanc responded to McCracken's concerns in an emailed statement to CBC News.

"Elections Nova Scotia advised every party [and] invited them to provide scrutineers for the out-of-district processes, including sorting, verification of write-in ballot applications, removal of outer envelopes and counting of ballots," he wrote.

"Scrutineers and witnesses were present at [Elections Nova Scotia] HQ to witness some of those processes on May 30."

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