Roundup: Trudeau wins another minority gov, Jordan out, Tories and NDP can’t take Liberal HRM fortress, 55 new COVID cases, Pictou team claims baseball title

Justin Trudeau during the campaign. Photo: Facebook

Justin Trudeau holds on as prime minister and his Liberals will form another minority government, claiming 32.2 per cent of the popular vote and winning 158 seats; one seat more than the party had going into the campaign, and 12 short of the 170 needed to form a majority government.

But while the national picture changed little, the Conservatives scored a high profile riding win in Nova Scotia, as Rick Perkins defeated incumbent Liberal Bernadette Jordan in South Shore-St. Margaret’s. As fisheries minister, Jordan was the most prominent Bluenoser at the cabinet table, drawing criticism from all sides for her actions, or rather inactions, to address the First Nations fishery dispute. (For more on that, see this recent interview with Chief Mike Sack, and this backgrounder from our archives.)

During the campaign, Perkins successfully painted her as an Ottawa insider, out of touch with her community. “They’re fed up with a Member of Parliament that’s not speaking on their issues, whether it’s the fishery or small-business taxes … and health care of course,” he told LighthouseNow.

The South Shore riding includes the western edge of HRM, and that’s as close as the Tories got to breaching the Liberal fortress. Trudeau’s team took 44.2% of the popular vote in Halifax, and the city’s remaining five seats.

  • In Central Nova, which includes several HRM Eastern Shore communities, incumbent Sean Fraser easily defeated Conservative Steven Cotter, whose history of racist social media posts dogged him through the campaign. It’s the third win in a row for Fraser, who claimed almost 5,000 more votes than he had in the previous election. Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.
  • Dartmouth-Cole Harbour incumbent Darren Fisher didn’t face a serious challenge, claiming 52% of the vote, easily besting NDP challenger Kevin Payne.
  • Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook was similarly devoid of surprises, as Liberal Darren Fisher parried strong challenges from the NDP and Tories, cruising up the middle with 41.6 per cent of the vote.
  • The NDP had higher hopes for the riding of Halifax, where urbanist Andy Fillmore was defending against Lisa Roberts, who represented the area as an MLA for many years. The race was close, but Fillmore held on, winning by 1,299 votes.
  • In Halifax West, long-time provincial cabinet minister Lena Metlege Diab successfully made the move to federal politics, keeping Geoff Regan’s old riding in Liberal hands and almost doubling the vote total of second-place NDP candidate Jonathan Keith Roberts.

COVID update
Nova Scotia has 129 known active cases of COVID-19, with 55 new cases and 88 recoveries tallied in the latest government update (the first since Sept. 17). There are eight people hospitalized in provincial COVID units.

Thirty-four of the new cases are in the the Central Zone where, according to the government press release, “There are signs of community spread among those in Central Zone aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.”

The Northern Zone is another infection hot spot with 13 new cases. The government says the cases are in a “defined, unvaccinated group” and won’t give other details. In the area, the outbreak is widely believed to be within an insular religious community.

Of the remaining new cases, five are in the Western Zone and three in the Eastern.

Lindsay MacPhee (left) and customer Jennifer Crawford. Photo: Aaron McKenzie Fraser

Attack with love
As owner of the Floatation Centre, Lindsay MacPhee is proving that doing good is good business. She tries to use her wellness business as a force to make life better for her whole community. One example is how she treats workers.

Unlike many employers, she doesn’t see minimum wage as the maximum she owes the people who work for her.

Anyone who works 25 hours a week is considered full-time, qualifying for benefits, with the centre paying half the premium. MacPhee has raised wages consistently since opening. Now everyone makes at least $15 per hour. While that’s not as high as she would like, it’s more than many businesses of her type offer.

“My mom would probably say that I am a bit self-sacrificing,” says MacPhee, adding her motto is “attack with love … These are the things that are important.”

Robyn McNeil interviews her for Unravel Halifax.

Pictou County baseball team claims title
The Pictou County Highlanders won the Baseball Nova Scotia 18U AAA provincial title recently, beating the Hammonds Plains A’s in the championship game. Halifax and Dartmouth hosted the nine-team tournament, which was a welcome capper to the season, after the last 18 months’ COVID disruptions.

The Pictou Advocate has details.

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