AMHERST – Students across Nova Scotia would have also elected a majority Liberal government this week, but they would have made different choices in Cumberland County.
In Cumberland North, former NDP MLA Brian Skabar would have been re-elected if it were up to the students participating in Student Vote Nova Scotia, a parallel election program coinciding with the Nova Scotia provincial election. He received 51 votes, with Liberal Terry Farrell coming second with 41, Progressive Conservative Judi Giroux finished third with 37, and Green Party candidate Jason Blanch finished fourth with 16. Participating in the Cumberland North student vote were E.B. Chandler Junior High School, Pugwash District High School, and the Laueijs Home School. In Cumberland South, PC leader Jamie Baillie would have been ousted from his seat if it were up to participating students, who favoured Liberal Kenny John Jackson. Jackson received 184 votes, while Baillie received 72, New Democrat Larry Duchesne received 50 and Green Party candidate Bruce McCulloch received 28. Participating in the Cumberland South student vote were Parrsboro Regional High School and Springhill Junior/Senior High School.