October 22, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – OCT 22, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

Election local

Liberal incumbent Pat Finnigan won a narrow victoria in Miramichi-Grand Lake
beating Conservative challenger Peggy McLean by  414 votes.

Pat Finnigan (LIB) – Elected: 12,725 votes
Peggy McLean (CON): 12,311 votes
Patty Deitch (GRN): 3,915 votes
Eileen Clancy Teslenko (NDP): 2,874 votes
Ron Nowlan (PPC): 1,216 votes
Allison MacKenzie (IND): 1,160 votes
Mathew Lawson (IND): 396 votes

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ZONE PUB MEETING

A public hearing will be held tomorrow night as city council considers
rezoning a King George Highway property to allow for an apartment building
development. Under consideration is a proposal to change the property at 2039
King George Highway from Single or Town unit Dwelling to medium density
Residential that would allow for 4-to-8 unit redevelopment of the property.
Written objections to the proposed by-law amendment will be considered at
a public hearing on Tuesday night at city hall on Henry Street beginning at
6pm.

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Election notes

Jenica Atwin made a breakthrough for the Green Party winning the seat of
Fredericton.

Liberal Dominic LeBlanc was re-elected in Beausejour while campaigning mainly
from a hospital bed while he battles cancer.

But the Conservatives took three seats away from the Liberals. Rob Moore, a
cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, returned Fundy Royal to the
Conservatives easily beating incumbent Alaina Lockhart. In New Brunswick
Southwest, Conservative John Williamson regained his seat defeating incumbent
Karen Ludwig. Conservative Richard Bragdon won Tobique-Mactaquac taking it
back from the Grits.

The Greens showed strength in the whole province, not just Fredericton as the
NDP support dropped was almost cut in half to 9.5% of the vote this time
compared to 2015. The Greens vote count was up to 16.8$ from 4.7% in 2015.

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LEBLANC WIN

New Brunswick Liberal Dominic LeBlanc has been re-elected.

He thanked voters in his riding from his hospital bed in Montreal, where he’s
undergoing cancer treatment and a bone-marrow transplant.

He stepped away from his duties as minister of intergovernmental and northern
affairs in April after being diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

LeBlanc is the son of Romeo LeBlanc, a longtime M-P who later became a
senator and, eventually, governor general.

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NB Election notes

The Liberals hung on to 6 of the 10 seats in New Brunswick as support dropped
sharply. They had 37.7% of the vote five points higher than the
Conservatives. The Greens have surplanted the NDP as the third party in the
province winning 17% of the popular vote compared to 9.5% for the New
Democrats

Jenica Atwin made a breakthrough for the Green Party winning the seat of
Fredericton.

Liberal Dominic LeBlanc was re-elected in Beausejour while campaigning mainly
from a hospital bed while he battles cancer.

But the Conservatives took three seats away from the Liberals. Rob Moore, a
cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, returned Fundy Royal to the
Conservatives easily beating incumbent Alaina Lockhart. In New Brunswick
Southwest, Conservative John Williamson regained his seat defeating incumbent
Karen Ludwig. Conservative Richard Bragdon won Tobique-Mactaquac taking it
back from the Grits.

The Greens showed strength in the whole province, not just Fredericton as the
NDP support dropped was almost cut in half to 9.5% of the vote this time
compared to 2015. The Greens vote count was up to 16.8$ from 4.7% in 2015.

 

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Election overall

Justin Trudeau is still Prime Minister…but he will be leading a minority
government.

The Liberals won 156 seats with the Conservatives at 122. The Bloc surged in
Quebec finishing with 32 seats just behind the Liberals. The NDP took 24
seats, the Greens three and there’s one independant.

The Liberals won 32.9% of the popular vote…second to the Conservatives with
34.5%….mainly because of the Tories extremely strong support on the
prairies. The NDP was chosen by 15.8% and the Greens 6.3%.

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Former cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was re-elected as an independant
in Vancouver after being kicked out of the Liberal party over the SNC-Lavalin
Scandal. Jane Philpott, who was also expelled, lost her seat in Ontario.

Jenica Atwin made a breakthrough for the Green Party winning the seat of
Fredericton.

After over four decades in politics, Liberal stalwart Ralph Goodale was
defeated by the Conservatives in Saskatchewan.

Also in Ontario Deputy Conservative Leader Lisa Raitt was defeated by the
Liberal candidate.

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SPORTS

NHL action saw the Blue Jackets beat the Leafs 4-3 on a penalty shot in
overtime. Dallas downed the Senators 2-1.

The Patriots remain undefeated after a powerful performance shutting down the
Jets 33-0 in New York in the Monday Night Football game.

The Miramichi-Neguac Ice Dogs will have another try out on Wednesday at 8 PM in Neguac. The Ice Dogs’ home opener will be on Friday night at 8:30 when they host Dalhousie.

In Maritime Jr Hockey League action, the Miramichi Timberwolves will have two home games this week at the Civic Centre. Thursday evening, they host Summerside while Saturday evening they host South Shore. Both games are at 7 PM.