Roundup: Majori-tory! PCs tally upset win as Rankin government falls—provincewide results and analysis

Premier-elect Tim Houston

In an outcome few predicted, the Progressive Conservatives claimed a majority victory in yesterday’s provincial election, with Tim Houston set to be the next premier of Nova Scotia.

On Wednesday morning, counting was continuing in six ridings, but those results won’t impact the final outcome, as the Tories are leading and elected in 31 seats, the Liberals in 17, and the NDP in six. The remaining seat is likely to go to right-leaning independent Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin.

Halifax area ridings bucked the trend, leaving the city largely represented by opposition MLAs.

  • Timberlea-Prospect: Iain Rankin, Liberal
  • Halifax Atlantic: Brendan Maguire, Liberal
  • Hammonds Plains-Lucasville: Ben Jessome, Liberal
  • Sackville-Uniacke: Brad Johns, Progressive Conservative
  • Bedford South: Braedon Clark, Liberal
  • Bedford Basin: Kelly Regan, Liberal
  • Clayton Park West: Rafah DiCostanzo, Liberal
  • Fairview-Clayton Park: Patricia Arab, Liberal
  • Halifax Armdale: Ali Duale, Liberal
  • Halifax Chebucto: Gary Burrill, NDP
  • Halifax Needham: Suzy Hansen, NDP
  • Halifax Citadel-Sable Island: Lisa Lachance, NDP
  • Dartmouth North: Suzy Leblanc, NDP
  • Dartmouth South: Claudia Chender, NDP
  • Cole Harbour-Dartmouth: Lorelei Nicoll, Liberal
  • Cole Harbour: Tony Ince, Liberal
  • Eastern Passage: Barbara Adams, Progressive Conservative
  • Dartmouth East: Tim Halman, Progressive Conservative
  • Preston: Angela Simmonds, Liberal
  • Waverly-Fall River-Beaver Bank: Brian Wong, Progressive Conservative

Around the province, it was a changing of the guard, with veterans and high-profile candidates yielding what many assumed to be safe Liberal seats.

  • Guysborough-Tracadie: Running for the Progressive Conservatives, radio journalist Greg Morrow took 63.4% of the vote, unseating Liberal incumbent Greg Hines, who had represented the area since 2013.
  • Antigonish: Liberal Attorney General Randy DeLorey, who had also been in office since 2013, lost to Tory Michelle Thompson, a former health-care worker.
  • Lunenburg: Progressive Conservative Susan Corkum-Greek defeated Liberal incumbent and cabinet minister Susanne Lohnes-Croft.
  • Lunenburg West: The riding formerly held by retired Liberal Mark Furey (who was attorney general at the time of the mass shooting), went blue for the first time since 2006, with lawyer Becky Druhan claiming the win.
  • Cumberland North: Counting continues, but this riding seems poised to go to independent candidate Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who Houston kicked out of the Tory caucus just before the election for her role in inciting an illegal highway blockade. She beats out high-profile Liberal Bill Casey, who served seven terms in Ottawa before returning from retirement to try his hand at provincial politics. Smith-McCrossin told media last night that she hopes for an invitation back to the Progressive Conservative caucus, but with a solid majority, Houston has no need for her vote.

For more results and perspective from around the province, see the latest coverage from The Pictou Advocate, LighthouseNow in Bridgewater, and The Reporter in Port Hawkesbury.

An HRM message taped to a tent yesterday. Photo: Twitter

HRM removing homeless people from parks
Halifax police and staff are in municipal parks this week, handing out warnings and removing encampments where homeless people have been living.

In an email statement, HRM says that officials are trying to house the people they’re driving out of the parks.

“The municipality has worked with the Province of Nova Scotia as well as community-based partners … to offer those experiencing homelessness with support, including a range of housing options and/or temporary accommodation,” says the press release. “The province continues to work to secure temporary accommodation options that can bridge to permanent housing. Temporary accommodation options, including hotel stays and shelter beds, are being made available to occupants of encampments located on municipal property.”

That’s not good enough, according to advocates.

“What safe housing option are you offering?” the Adsum for Women and Children shelter tweeted this morning. “From our own work we know a record number of families are calling, no hotels, no shelter beds, no places for people to rent. What is the immediate plan?”

COVID update
Nova Scotia has 22 known active cases of COVID-19, with one case and three recoveries reported in the latest government update. The new case, which is in the Central Zone, is travel related, according to health officials. One person is currently hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

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