First Liberal premier-elect in 15 years
Stephen McNeil is the new Liberal premier-elect of Nova Scotia
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Stephen McNeil is the first Liberal premier-elect of Nova Scotia since 1998.
ANNAPOLIS – Annapolis County is home to the next premier of Nova Scotia.
Stephen McNeil, who soundly defeated his opponents to win his seat in Annapolis, will lead the province with a majority government.
The Liberals won 33 seats in the Oct. 8 provincial election, making inroads in almost every county across the province.
“May I welcome Nova Scotia to Bridgetown," Premier-elect Stephen McNeil said as he began a long and rousing speech that had hundreds of supporters applauding and cheering to accentuate his remarks.
“I am so humbled and honoured that Nova Scotians put their trust in me and our Liberal team. The people of Nova Scotia have agreed to our plan to put Nova Scotia first.”
McNeil pleged to stick with the platform he unveilled during the month-long election campaign.
“And it is with a deep sense of responsibility and purpose that I will make certain that our plan is delivered and our commitments are kept," he pledged to the roomfull of supporters.
The Tories, led by Jamie Baillie, will form the official opposition with 11 seats, while the NDP plummeted to seven seats across the province, with Darrell Dexter losing his own seat in Cole Harbour.
McNeil, however, had nothing but praise for the leaders of the NDP and Progressive Conservatives.
“Let me begin by congratulating Darrell and Jamie and all the candidates who were tireless during this campaign, who brought their ideas to Nova Scotians," McNeil said.
McNeil added that he enjoyed this campaign - particularly visiting all 51 ridings.
“One of the best aspects of the campaign was meeting Nova Scotians across this great province," he said. "Over the past months I’ve had the good fortune of speaking with many of you. Nova Scotians who take great pride in this beautiful province but also have concerns about our future. You have told me of your hopes and yours dreams for a Nova Scotia where you children and grandchildren can prosper.”
At home in Annapolis County, McNeil captured 6,710 votes, well ahead of PC Ginny Hurlock, who had 1,265. NDP Henry Spurr had 742 and Green Ron Neufeld had 208.