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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:20 pm    Post subject: Liberals win NB provincial by-election in former tory seat Reply with quote

Liberals win northwestern N.B. byelection in former Tory riding
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 6:34 AM AT
CBC News
Liberal candidate Burt Paulin won the northwestern byelection in Restigouche-la-Vallee on Monday night. (CBC/Jacques Poitras)The Liberals padded their majority in the legislative assembly on Monday night by winning the Restigouche-la-Vallée byelection.

Liberal Burt Paulin earned 3,196 votes, handily defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Jean-Paul Soucy by more than 900 votes. NDP candidate Alain Martel had 511 votes.

Candidate Votes
Burt Paulin (Lib) 3,196
Jean-Paul Soucy (PC) 2,289
Alain Martel (NDP) 511

The riding was vacated in December when veteran cabinet minister Percy Mockler was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

This is Paulin's return to the New Brunswick legislature. He served as a Liberal MLA from 2003 to 2006 for the former riding of Restigouche West but that riding was merged with Mockler's Madawaska-la-Vallée riding. Mockler defeated Paulin in 2006 by 1,029 votes.

Paulin's return to the legislative assembly gives Premier Shawn Graham's Liberals 33 seats and the Opposition Conservatives have 22.

Restigouche-la-Vallée was the third byelection since the 2006 election, all in former Conservative-held ridings, and the Liberals have now taken two of those seats

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-b.....n-552.html
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just happened to notice this , wasn't aware of the by-election until now ( the seat became open when percy mockler was appointed to the senate in december ) , but not surprised the provincial pc's had a hard time holding it as since bernard lord left they haven't been doing as good . and also it was more than likely more of a percy mockler riding over a conservative one, plus the liberals ran a former mla who has previously represented the area before . all equaling a tough by-election to win .
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shawn Graham is doing a decent job, coupled with the Provincial Conservatives not doing much.

I agree that the margins of victory in the past had more to do with Percy Mockler then the party as a whole.
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