New Brunswick Goes Blue
Yesterday, New Brunswick voters went to the polls after a four-week campaign. The Progressive Conservative Party, led by David Alward, won a historic victory winning a majority of seats and defeating the Liberal Party led by Shawn Graham. This was the time in New Brunswick history that a first-term government was not re-elected.
Here is a break down of the results:
PC: 48.9% and 42 seats
Liberal: 34.4% and 13 seats
NDP: 10.4%% and no seats
Green: 4.5% and no seats
PANB: 1.2% and no seats
Last week, Abacus Data released results of a survey that showed the PCs leading, but the Liberals not far behind. However, 17% of respondents said they were still undecided.
Two things are clear about this election:
1. Undecided voters turned overwhelmingly towards the PCs in the last week of the campaign
2. The NB Power deal was toxic to the Liberal Party’s re-election chances.
The Telegraph Journal has a good wrap-up of the election’s results.