There will be one recount in a local riding from last week’s provincial election. The Progressive Conservatives have asked for a recount in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie. In that riding, Liberal incumbent Lloyd Hines won by 71 votes over PC challenger Rob Wolf. No date has been set for the recount. It’s one of three recounts in the province; the others were requested by the PC’s in Waverly-Fall River-Beaverbank, and the NDP in Chester-St. Margarets.
Liberal candidate for Cape Breton-Richmond Michel Samson has announced that he will not request recount following the May 30th election. Samson met with his campaign team on Sunday evening and decided not to request a recount after losing the seat by 21 votes to PC candidate Alana Paon.
Samson served as MLA for 19 years in the riding of Cape Breton Richmond. Samson says that: “I am grateful for the many colleagues from both the NDP and PC caucuses I have worked with during my time as MLA. I always respected and admired their efforts on behalf of their constituents with the goal of making our province stronger.”
Samson says he will now spend time with family and friends and see what new opportunities lie ahead.
There were a couple of nail biters in local ridings in yesterday’s provincial election.
The biggest surprise was the defeat of long-time Liberal incumbent Michel Samson, losing in a tight race in Cape Breton-Richmond to Alana Paon of the PC’s. Paon received 3,336 votes, just 20 more than Samson.
Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines was re-elected by a thin margin, garnering 2,565 votes, compared to PC challenger Rob Wolf at 2,494.
Other local MLA’s also re-elected were Liberal Randy Delorey in Antigonish, along with Conservatives Allan MacMaster in Inverness, Tim Houston in Pictou East, Pat Dunn in Pictou Centre and Karla MacFarlane in Pictou West.
Progressive Conservatives in Cape Breton-Richmond have chosen their candidate for the next provincial election. Alana Paon was unopposed during a nomination meeting in D’Escousse over the weekend.
Paon is a native of Richmond County. She has consulted widelly in youth leadership, provincial entrepreneurship, economic development, strategic planning, business navigation and multi-level government collaborations.
Paon says one of her concerns is the growing problem of outmigration from Nova Scotia.
It’s expected a provincial election will be called later this year.