In an election divided on ethnic and linguistic lines, Blaine Higgs’ Progressive Conservatives won 27 of 49 seats in Monday’s election, an increase of 5 seats from 2018. The big loser was the Liberal Party.
Despite the CBC headline (“Liberals Win Key Ridings”) the Liberal party was the big loser, going from 21 to 17 seats, while their leader, Kevin Vickers, was unable to win a seat for himself, forcing his resignation as party leader.
The Greens held on to their 3 seats, and the populist People’s Alliance fell from 3 to 2 seats.
The northern francophone part of the province voted overwhelmingly Liberal, while the anglophone majority central and south chose the Conservatives.
The election was called only 2 years after the previous election due to the egotistical politicians in a minority parliament refusing to work together, resulting in a vote of no confidence earlier this year.