One of Nova Scotia’s incoming MLA’s says the past month has been a whirlwind of full days, and many late nights. For the first time in 19 years, the riding of Cape Breton Richmond will have a new representative. Alana Paon says a busy month of May capped off with an unbelievable election day.
Her son graduated from Dalhousie University in the morning, and then she won the riding by 21 votes later that day. Paon says, however, that she had complete faith in the people counting ballots. Had a recount been called in this close race, Paon says she felt comfortable with her win:
Longtime MLA for the riding Michel Samson did not request the recount by the Monday deadline, leaving a clear path for Paon to take the seat.
Paon says her diverse background gives her confidence that she can represent the people of the area well. In particular, her farming background gives her a better understanding of the unique challenges of living in Cape Breton-Richmond:
Paon comes into a government where the PC’s picked up 7 seats during the election, giving them 17 overall. She hopes this will result in more collaborations between parties.