Voters in two Cape Breton ridings head to polls today
Byelections in Sydney-Whitney Pier and Cape Breton Centre
Voters in two Cape Breton ridings will head to the polls today to cast ballots in provincial byelections.
The byelections in SydneyWhitney Pier and Cape Breton Centre were made necessary by the resignations of NDP MLAs Gordie Gosse and Frank Corbett earlier this year.
On the mainland, voters will also go to the polls in Dartmouth South.
Byelection night results will begin after the polls close at 8 p.m. at http://media.electionsnovascotia.ca/by- election_multi.aspx.
The page will refresh automatically every 20 seconds.
With boundary changes announced in 2012, the riding of Cape Breton Centre was expanded to include South Bar, Lingan Road, and part of Grand Lake Road, which were formerly of Cape Breton Nova.
In the 2013 general election, Corbett took the riding of Cape Breton Centre for the NDP with 3,440 votes, followed by Liberal Dave Wilton at 3,282 and the Progressive Conservative’s Edna Lee with 873. This time out, Wilton and Lee are again challenging for the seat, taking on the NDP’s Tammy Martin.
The riding of Sydney-Whitney Pier was created when boundaries were redrawn in 2012, taking in 79 per cent of Cape Breton Nova and 59 per cent of Cape Breton South.
In 2013 in Sydney Whitney Pier, Gosse won the riding for the NDP with 5,084 votes, followed by Liberals Derek Mombourquette at 4,534 and the PC’s Leslie MacPhee at 680. Mombourquette is again running for the Liberals, taking on the NDP’s Madonna Doucette and the PC’s Brian MacArthur.
There will be full election night coverage at capebretonpost.com