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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Cumberland South NS by election June 19th Reply with quote

( there is a provincial by election in Nova Scotia to replace Jamie Baillie at the end of June , in a typically pc area but liberals and ndp still plan to campaign in the riding and are hopeful at making gains )

Byelection June 19 in riding formerly held by ousted N.S. Tory leader

Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:34PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2018 7:57AM ADT

HALIFAX -- Voters in the Nova Scotia riding that was held by former Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie will go to the polls in a byelection June 19.

The announcement regarding Cumberland South was made by Premier Stephen McNeil on Thursday.

The riding became vacant after Baillie resigned as both party leader and member of the legislative assembly on Jan. 24, following an independent investigation by his party that found he acted inappropriately and breached the legislature's policy on workplace harassment.

Baillie had held the seat since first winning it in a byelection in 2010.

"As I have said we wanted to get to the byelection before summer came," said McNeil. "We made sure everyone had gone through their nominations . . . and this is the date that we chose."

Baillie won the riding in the May 2017 election capturing 51.5 per cent of the vote, while the Liberals registered just over 40 per cent support and the NDP only 5.8 per cent.

McNeil said the Liberals will run on the government's record. He said the byelection represents an opportunity for voters in the riding to "join government."

"To ensure that when issues arise across the province whether it's related to health care, education, or programs to keep young people here, their voice will be part of helping to shape those policies," he said.

That drew an immediate response from both opposition leaders who characterized McNeil's pitch to voters as "old style politics."

"I think the number of people for whom this is attractive is much smaller than it was a few years ago," said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. "I think what we need to do is look at the current issues."

Burrill said a pressing issue he hopes his party can make headway on is the shortage of nursing home beds in Cumberland County.

Interim Progressive Conservative leader Karla MacFarlane expressed disappointment with McNeil's assertion and said the Tories are ready for a fight.

MacFarlane said she doesn't believe there will be any fallout because of what occurred with Baillie.

"No one has brought it up with me in the general public when I have been there," she said.

Tory Rushton will attempt to retain the riding for the Tories, while Scott Lockhart will carry the Liberal banner and Larry Duchesne is running for the NDP.

Heading into the byelection the governing Liberals hold 27 seats in the 51 seat legislature, while the Progressive Conservatives have 16, the NDP 7, and one seat is vacant.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McNeil announces June 19 byelection for Cumberland South

Published May 17, 2018 - 11:31am

SPRINGHILL — Cumberland South voters are going to the polls.

Several months after former Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie resigned the seat, Premier Stephen McNeil announced Thursday that voters in the riding will select a new MLA on Tuesday, June 19.

“We wanted to get the byelection called before the summer and we wanted to wait until everyone had their candidates in place and with the that we’re ready to go,” the premier said after a cabinet meeting in Halifax.

McNeil said the voters of Cumberland South have an opportunity to elect a member to sit on the government benches, something they haven’t had since Murray Scott sat as a PC MLA and cabinet minister in the Rodney MacDonald government a decade ago.

“We have a good candidate in Scott (Lockhart), who would be a tremendous candidate to join the government and sit in the government caucus as we continue the march forward with the positive things we’ve seen in Nova Scotia,” the premier said.

While the byelection has just been called, Cumberland South has already seen some positive news in the recent announcement to build a new elementary school to replace aging Junction Road Elementary and West End-Memorial Elementary while Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines announced a couple of weeks ago that a replacement will be built for the closed Rainbow Bridge on the border with Cumberland North near Amherst.

The premier said Thursday the school will go ahead regardless of the election result.

“It’s early in our second mandate and we’re looking forward to continuing to govern this province,” McNeil said. “Hopefully, the people of Cumberland South will think it’s a good idea to have a member of the government caucus.”

Lockhart said he is ready to go and is confident of his chances to win a seat that has been a PC stronghold since 1998.

“I’ve been working toward this for a long time,” said Lockhart, who was a former president of the Cumberland South PC Association that jumped to the Liberals soon after federal MP Bill Casey jumped to the federal Liberals. “We have a great team in place and we’re ready.”

Lockhart said opening communication lines with constituents is a big issue to him as is health care and education. He also wants to work to improve the riding’s road infrastructure.

“There’s a lot of road work that needs to be done and that’s a priority to me,” he said.

While he is hearing that people are skeptical about the school and bridge announcements, Lockhart said both projects will go forward no matter what happens June 19.

Lockhart knows he has a job ahead of him, but the party gained votes in last May’s provincial election — finishing second to Baillie — and the difference this time is he’s not running against a party leader, but a party without a leader.

PC candidate Tory Rushton said the byelection is an opportunity for the voters to send a clear message to the provincial government.

He said the health-care crisis, with frequent emergency room closures in Parrsboro and Springhill, and the shortage of jobs are two key issues to voters.

“Doctors are leaving and there’s no one coming to replace them,” said Rushton. “People are showing up at closed emergency rooms, or waiting hours to receive care. We deserve better and this byelection is a perfect chance to say that. This is about who is the best choice to stand up for the people of Cumberland South and get our fair share.”

He said the recent Springhill school announcement, although welcome, is an example of how the government is prepared to play politics with children’s futures.

“The Liberals left our kids in overcrowded schools with outdated plumbing and leaks until they could use a new school announcement to gain election points. We needed a new school long before the Liberals needed an election win,” said Rushton, a production manager at Oxford Frozen Foods and the former chief of the Oxford Fire Department.

NDP candidate Larry Duchesne, like Rushton, said the byelection will be about sending a message to the government. And while his party has not done well in the riding, he said there’s no time like the present.

“We need to send a message that the people are mad at government that they’re not investing enough in health care and keeping people healthy,” Duchesne said. “Electing a Liberal would be like saying everything is OK and we like what you’re doing. If you want to send a message, vote NDP.”

He said his election team is ready to go and his campaign has set up its headquarters in Springhill.

“This is all about health care,” said Duchesne, the former leader of the NDP on P.E.I. who now is working as a journalist. “The No. 1 issue I’m hearing on the doorsteps across Cumberland County is the shortage of doctors and the ER closures as well as the lack of nursing care.”

Bill Archer will be representing the Atlantica Party. He ran in Cumberland North last year.

Previous election results


Jamie Baillie, PC, 3,536

Kenny John Jackson, Lib, 2779

Larry Duchesne, NDP, 398

Thor Lengies, Atlantica, 154


Jamie Baillie, PC, 3655

Kenny John Jackson, Lib, 2,884

Larry Duchesne, NDP, 486

Bruce McCulloch, Green, 147

2010 byelection

Jamie Baillie, PC, 3,262

Kenny John Jackson, Lib, 2,165

Scott McKee, NDP, 276


Murray Scott, PC, 5,082

Andrew Kernohan, NDP, 753

Mary Dee MacPherson, Lib, 681

James Dessart, Green, 92

David Amos, Independent, 13


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamie Baillie's former riding up for grabs in June byelection

Former Tory leader held Cumberland South for almost eight years

Jean Laroche · CBC News · Posted: May 17, 2018 2:09 PM AT | Last Updated: May 17

Jamie Baillie, the former leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party, was forced to step down in January. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Premier Stephen McNeil has chosen June 19 as the date voters in the constituency of Cumberland South will choose their next provincial representative.

The seat had been held by former Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie for almost eight years. He first won the seat in a byelection in 2010.

But in January Baillie was forced to resign following an investigation into his behaviour — after someone approached the party with allegations he had acted inappropriately. Party officials refused to discuss the details of their internal investigation.

McNeil said the byelection was called for June so campaigning could be finished before people started their summer.

McNeil heads to Springhill

The Liberal leader is hoping his party's standard bearer, Scott Lockhart, will have more success than Kenny John Jackson, the Liberal candidate in last May's general election. Jackson finished second to Baillie by 757 votes.

"We had 40 percent of the vote in that campaign and I think you're obviously running against a leader," McNeil told reporters in Halifax, before heading to Springhill to campaign with Lockhard. "[It] was a good showing of support for our candidate, for our party.

"This is an opportunity for the people of Cumberland South to elect someone who will be sitting at the caucus table of the governing party."

In recent weeks the governing party has promised a new school in the riding, along with a long-awaited bridge replacement near Amherst. A news release issued by local Liberal campaign organizers highlighted those two pre-byelection announcements.

"Knowing the Rainbow Bridge will be replaced, and that Springhill will receive a brand new elementary school is positive news that the community has rallied around," said a news release from the local campaign.

'It's rooted in a kind of cynicism'

NDP Leader Gary Burrill was unimpressed with the Liberal message.

"This is an approach to politics in Nova Scotia that is very old, that is not very attractive," he said. "It's not very compelling.

"It's rooted in a kind of cynicism. I think people are at a place where they're looking for something more hopeful, something with a little more character and integrity about it."

The NDP candidate in the race is Larry Duchesne, who garnered 398 votes or six percent of the overall ballots in May 2017.

Tory Rushton is running for the Progressive Conservatives.

People in Cumberland South will have plenty of opportunity to decide who they want to represent them. A continuous poll will open on Monday at the returning office, which will be set up at the Royal Canadian Legion in Springhill.

An advanced poll will be held in Parrsboro for seven days from Saturday, June 9, to Saturday, June 16, except Sunday. Community polls will be held in Brookdale and Wentworth Centre on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16.

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