2017 Nova Scotia general election

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2017 Nova Scotia general election

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All 51 seats in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
26 seats needed for a majority
Turnout53.88%
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Stephen McNeil 2014.jpg Jamie Baillie, Leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia.jpg Gary Burrill.jpg
Leader Stephen McNeil Jamie Baillie Gary Burrill
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since April 28, 2007 October 26, 2010 February 27, 2016
Leader's seat Annapolis Cumberland South Halifax Chebucto
Last election 33 seats, 45.71% 11 seats, 26.31% 7 seats, 26.84%
Seats before 34 10 5
Seats won 27 17 7
Seat change Decrease 7 Increase 7 Increase 2
Popular vote 158,384 143,353 86,299
Percentage 39.47% 35.73% 21.51%
Swing Decrease 6.24pp Increase 9.42pp Decrease 5.33pp

Nova Scotia Provincial Election 2017 - Results By Riding.svg
Popular vote by riding. As this is an FPTP election, seat totals are not determined by popular vote, but instead via results by each riding. Riding names are listed at the bottom.

Premier before election

Stephen McNeil
Liberal

Premier after election

Stephen McNeil
Liberal

The 2017 Nova Scotia general election (formally the 40th Nova Scotia general election), was held on May 30, 2017, to elect members to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

The Liberals under Premier Stephen McNeil won re-election with a somewhat reduced majority, falling from 34 seats at dissolution to 27, a majority of two.

Timeline

Changes in seats held (2014–2017)
Seat Before Change
Date Member Party Reason Date Member Party
Hants West June 13, 2014[5] Chuck Porter  PC Left party  Independent
Dartmouth South March 16, 2015[6] Allan Rowe  Liberal Died in office July 14, 2015[7] Marian Mancini  New Democratic
Cape Breton Centre April 2, 2015[8] Frank Corbett  New Democratic Resignation July 14, 2015 David Wilton  Liberal
Sydney-Whitney Pier April 2, 2015 Gordie Gosse  New Democratic Resignation July 14, 2015 Derek Mombourquette  Liberal
Dartmouth East November 5, 2015[9] Andrew Younger  Liberal Dismissed from Cabinet and caucus  Independent
Hants West February 17, 2016[10] Chuck Porter  Independent Joins Liberal caucus  Liberal
Halifax Needham April 12, 2016[11] Maureen MacDonald  New Democratic Resignation August 30, 2016[12] Lisa Roberts  New Democratic
Dartmouth South April 23, 2017 Marian Mancini  New Democratic Resignation  Vacant

Party standings

Results by party

27 17 7
Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
2013 Dissolution Elected % Change # % Change
  Liberal Stephen McNeil 51 33 34 27 -18.18% 158,384 39.47% -6.24%
  Progressive Conservative Jamie Baillie 51 11 10 17 +54.54% 143,353 35.73% +9.42%
  New Democratic Gary Burrill 51 7 5 7 +0.0% 86,299 21.51% -5.33%
Green Thomas Trappenberg 32 0 0 0 N/A 11,128 2.77% +1.92%
Atlantica Jonathan Dean 15 0 0 0 N/A 1,632 0.41% N/A
     Independent 3 0 1 0 N/A 447 0.11% N/A
  Vacant 1  
Total 203 51 51 51 0.00% 401,243
Popular vote
Liberal
39.47%
PC
35.73%
New Democratic
21.51%
Green
2.77%
Others
0.52%
Seats summary
Liberal
52.94%
PC
33.33%
New Democratic
13.73%

Retiring incumbents

Liberal
New Democratic
Independent

Nominated candidates

Annapolis Valley

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Annapolis Stephen McNeil
6,410
Ginny Hurlock[18]
1,480
Colin Sproul[19]
1,517
Zac Crockatt
366
Kent Robinson
180
Stephen McNeil
Clare-Digby Gordon Wilson
4,044
Normand Cormier
2,283
Harold Neil[20]
1,682
Gordon Wilson
Hants West Chuck Porter
4,589
Janice Munroe Dodge[21]
2,416
Lalia Kerr
1,042
Torin Buzek[22]
243
Edward Boucher
73
Chuck Porter
Kings North Geof Turner[23]
2,785
John Lohr
3,822
Ted Champion
1,347
Mary Lou Harley
295
Bryden Deadder
72
John Lohr
Kings South Keith Irving
4,269
Peter Harrison
2,496
Stephen Schneider
1,931
Sheila Richardson[22]
337
Joel Hirtle
116
Keith Irving
Kings West Leo Glavine
4,190
Chris Palmer[24]
3,015
Cheryl Burbidge
536
Madeline Taylor
247
Leo Glavine

South Shore

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Argyle-Barrington Louis d'Entremont[25]
1,840
Chris d'Entremont
4,031
Greg Foster[20]
323
Chris d'Entremont
Chester-St. Margaret's Hugh MacKay[26]
3,112
Julie Chaisson
2,229
Denise Peterson-Rafuse
3,022
Harry Ward[22]
413
Denise Peterson-Rafuse
Lunenburg Suzanne Lohnes-Croft
3,110
Brian Pickings[27]
2,425
Marc Breaugh[28]
2,348
Suzanne Lohnes-Croft
Lunenburg West Mark Furey
3,839
Carole Hipwell
2,261
Lisa Norman
1,690
Michael Sheppard
361
Mark Furey
Queens-Shelburne Vernon Oickle[29]
2,303
Kim Masland[30]
3,244
John Davis
1,581
Kathaleen Milan[22]
275
Sterling Belliveau
Yarmouth Zach Churchill
5,364
Mitch Bonnar[31]
2,007
David Olie[20]
243
Jim Laverie
255
Zach Churchill

Fundy-Northeast

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Matthew Rushton
1,947
Larry Harrison
3,655
Janet Moulton
1,625
Larry Harrison
Colchester North Karen Casey
3,654
Rebecca Taylor
3,225
James Finnie[32]
980
Karen Casey
Cumberland North Terry Farrell
2,713
Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin[33]
3,639
Earl Dow
496
Bill Archer
84
Richard Plett
106
Terry Farrell
Cumberland South Kenny John Jackson[34]
2,779
Jamie Baillie
3,536
Larry Duchesne[35]
398
Thor Lengies
154
Jamie Baillie
Hants East Margaret Miller
3,923
John A. MacDonald
3,104
Liam Crouse
1,508
Jenn Kang
449
Margaret Miller
Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River Craig Johnson[36]
1,894
Keltie Jones[37]
2,512
Lenore Zann
3,455
Lenore Zann

Central Halifax

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Clayton Park West Rafah DiCostanzo
4,035
Paul Kimball[38]
2,304
Rana Zaman
1,764
Thomas Trappenberg[22]
506
Jonathan Dean
154
Diana Whalen
Fairview-Clayton Park Patricia Arab
2,925
Paul Beasant[39]
1,839
Joanne Hussey
2,109
Charlene Boyce[22]
376
Patricia Arab
Halifax Armdale Lena Diab
2,962
Sylvia Gillard
1,253
David Wheeler[40]
2,098
Marc-André Tremblay
246
Michael McLeod
85
Lena Diab
Halifax Chebucto Joachim Stroink
3,573
John Wesley Chisholm[41]
963
Gary Burrill
4,197
Casey Meijer[22]
361
Joachim Stroink
Halifax Citadel-Sable Island Labi Kousoulis
2,419
Rob Batherson
1,480
Glenn Walton
1,618
Martin Willison[22]
343
Labi Kousoulis
Halifax Needham Melinda Daye[42]
2,075
Matthew Donahoe
1,135
Lisa Roberts
3,880
Andrew Jamieson
465
Lisa Roberts

Suburban Halifax

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Bedford Kelly Regan
5,831
Valerie White[43]
3,388
Blake Wright
1,362
Michealle Hanshaw
485
Kelly Regan
Halifax Atlantic Brendan Maguire
4,219
Bruce Holland[44][45]
1,300
Trish Keeping
1,728
Chelsey Carter[22]
357
Brendan Maguire
Hammonds Plains-Lucasville Ben Jessome
3,432
Matt Whitman[46]
2,421
Paul McGuinness
1,157
Jessica Alexander[22]
340
Ben Jessome
Sackville-Beaver Bank Stephen Gough
2,155
Brad Johns[47]
2,923
Dennis Kutchera
1,332
Michael Montgomery[22]
231
Rita Billington
66
Stephen Gough
Sackville-Cobequid Michel Hindlet[26]
2,038
John Giannakos[48]
1,991
Dave Wilson
3,465
Tanner Montgomery
262
Cathy Morgan
88
Dave Wilson
Timberlea-Prospect Iain Rankin
4,272
Tim Kohoot
2,030
Linda Moxsom Skinner
1,804
Kai Trappenberg[22]
337
Matt Mansfield
118
Iain Rankin
Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank Bill Horne
3,160
Dan McNaughton[49]
3,095
Trevor Sanipass
1,567
Anthony Edmonds[22]
506
Bill Horne

Dartmouth/Cole Harbour/Eastern Shore

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage Joyce Treen
2,585
Barbara Adams[50]
2,682
Nancy Jakeman
1,759
Rebecca Mosher
343
Joyce Treen
Cole Harbour-Portland Valley Tony Ince
3,583
Chris Mont
3,203
Andre Cain
2,552
Melanie Mulrooney
385
Tony Ince
Dartmouth East Edgar Burns
3,118
Tim Halman
3,309
Bill McEwen
964
Matthew Richey
650
Andrew Younger
Dartmouth North Joanne Bernard
2,442
Melanie Russell[51]
1,384
Susan Leblanc
2,771
Tyler Colbourne[22]
318
David Boyd
126
Joanne Bernard
Dartmouth South Vishal Bhardwaj[52]
3,348
Jad Crnogorac[53]
1,418
Claudia Chender[54]
3,545
June Trenholm
506
Jim Murray [55]
123
Vacant†
Eastern Shore Kevin Murphy
2,527
Patricia Auchnie
2,024
Devin Ashley
1,780
Andy Berry
221
Randy Carter
149
Kevin Murphy
Preston-Dartmouth Keith Colwell
2,571
Irvine Carvery
1,102
Shelley Fashan
1,106
Aaron Alexander
221
Keith Colwell

Central Nova

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Antigonish Randy Delorey
3,877
Ray Mattie[56]
3,139
Moraig MacGillivray[57]
1,815
Ryan Smyth [58]
106
Randy Delorey
Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie Lloyd Hines
2,565
Rob Wolf[59]
2,494
Marney Simmons
893
Lloyd Hines
Pictou Centre Jeff Davis[60]
2,027
Pat Dunn
3,773
Henderson Paris[61]
1,396
Pat Dunn
Pictou East John Fraser
1,306
Tim Houston
5,275
Deborah Stiles
559
Tim Houston
Pictou West Ben MacLean
1,143
Karla MacFarlane
4,333
Shawn McNamara[62]
1,302
Cecile Vigneault
161
Karla MacFarlane

Cape Breton

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green   Atlantica   Independent
Cape Breton Centre David Wilton
2,158
Louie Piovesan
1,531
Tammy Martin[63]
2,820
David Wilton
Cape Breton-Richmond Michel Samson
3,316
Alana Paon[64]
3,336
Larry Keating[65]
1,006
Michel Samson
Glace Bay Geoff MacLellan
3,316
John White[66]
2,938
Lois MacDougall
715
Steven MacNeil
137
Geoff MacLellan
Inverness Bobby Morris[67]
2,347
Allan MacMaster
4,687
Michelle Smith
538
Allan MacMaster
Northside-Westmount John Higgins[26]
1,984
Eddie Orrell
5,941
Ronald Crowther[68]
1,437
Eddie Orrell
Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg Katherine MacDonald[69]
2,218
Alfie MacLeod
6,317
Bill Matheson
809
Alfie MacLeod
Sydney-Whitney Pier Derek Mombourquette
3,481
Laurie MacIntosh
2,173
Madonna Doucette[68]
3,339
Derek Mombourquette
Victoria-The Lakes Pam Eyking
1,966
Keith Bain[70]
4,373
Lisa Bond
544
Adrianna MacKinnon[22][71]
265
Stemer MacLeod
193
Pam Eyking

Opinion polls

Five-day average of Nova Scotia opinion polls from April 30, 2017, to the election on May 30, 2017. Each line corresponds to a political party.

Polling Firm Last Day of Polling Link Liberal PC NDP Green
Forum Research May 29, 2017 [1] 38 35 23 4
Mainstreet Research May 28, 2017 [2] 41 33 22 4
Corporate Research Associates May 25, 2017 [3] 41 31 24 4
Corporate Research Associates May 24, 2017 [4][permanent dead link] 40 32 25 3
Mainstreet Research May 23, 2017 [5] 37 34 25 4
Corporate Research Associates May 23, 2017 [6] 40 32 23 4
Corporate Research Associates May 22, 2017 [7][permanent dead link] 40 32 25 3
Corporate Research Associates May 21, 2017 [8] 40 31 25 3
Corporate Research Associates May 20, 2017 [9] 40 32 25 3
Corporate Research Associates May 19, 2017 [10][permanent dead link] 42 31 24 3
Corporate Research Associates May 18, 2017 [11] 39 31 28 3
Corporate Research Associates May 17, 2017 [12][permanent dead link] 39 31 27 3
Forum Research May 16, 2017 [13] 37 35 25 4
Corporate Research Associates May 16, 2017 [14] 42 29 27 3
Corporate Research Associates May 15, 2017 [15] 43 28 26 3
Corporate Research Associates May 14, 2017 [16][permanent dead link] 42 29 25 3
Corporate Research Associates May 13, 2017 [17] 42 30 25 3
Corporate Research Associates May 12, 2017 [18] 42 30 25 2
Mainstreet Research May 11, 2017 [19] 40 30 24 5
Corporate Research Associates May 11, 2017 [20][permanent dead link] 41 29 27 2
Corporate Research Associates May 10, 2017 [21] 38 31 28 2
Corporate Research Associates May 9, 2017 [22] 37 32 27 3
Corporate Research Associates May 8, 2017 [23] 40 32 25 2
Corporate Research Associates May 7, 2017 [24] 46 29 24 2
Corporate Research Associates May 6, 2017 [25] 45 30 23 1
Corporate Research Associates May 4, 2017 [26] 45 31 24 1
Forum Research May 3, 2017 [27] 41 32 25
Mainstreet Research May 2, 2017 [28] 42 29 25 4
MQO Research April 10, 2017 [29] 43 27 24 3
Corporate Research Associates March 1, 2017 [30] 44 28 23 5
MQO Research January 15, 2017 [31] 58 21 18 3
Corporate Research Associates November 29, 2016 [32] 56 20 19 4
MQO Research October 15, 2016 [33] 53 25 16 5
Corporate Research Associates August 31, 2016 [34] 56 22 19 2
MQO Research July 19, 2016 [35] 63 17 16 3
Corporate Research Associates May 31, 2016 [36] 59 21 18 2
MQO Research April 9, 2016 [37] 59 17 20 3
Corporate Research Associates March 1, 2016 [38] 56 23 16 5
Corporate Research Associates December 1, 2015 [39] 64 17 17 2
Corporate Research Associates September 2, 2015 [40] 50 20 28 2
Corporate Research Associates June 1, 2015 [41] 50 19 27 3
Corporate Research Associates February 28, 2015 [42] 58 20 18 3
Corporate Research Associates November 26, 2014 [43] 64 18 15 3
Corporate Research Associates September 1, 2014 [44] 62 20 14 3
Corporate Research Associates May 27, 2014 [45] 57 21 19 3
Corporate Research Associates February 28, 2014 [46] 60 20 18 2
Corporate Research Associates November 28, 2013 [47] 58 19 19 3
Election 2013 October 8, 2013 HTML[permanent dead link] 45.71 26.31 26.84 0.85

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