Elec­tion brings change to CBRM

Martin de­feats Wil­ton in Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre; Or­rell, MacLeod claim vic­to­ries

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

Tammy Martin couldn’t take the smile off her face on Tues­day night.

Martin of the New Demo­cratic Party was elected as the new MLA for Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre, de­feat­ing Lib­eral in­cum­bent David Wil­ton dur­ing Tues­day’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

The New Waterford na­tive didn’t watch the re­sults from her head­quar­ters, but was fol­low­ing along at an­other location.

“I was pretty numb be­cause we were op­ti­mistic through­out the cam­paign — we had a great cam­paign, we ran a good clean cam­paign and I had a lot of good con­ver­sa­tions with the peo­ple on the doorsteps.”

Martin re­ceived 2,820 votes, fol­lowed by Wil­ton with 2,158 votes and Louie Piovesan of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives with 1,531 votes.

Martin ran for the NDP in the by­elec­tion in 2015 in Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre, los­ing to Wil­ton by just over 500 votes.

She said de­spite los­ing in the by­elec­tion, she knew she would run again.

“The day af­ter we lost and I spoke to my team, that was the day I said we start plan­ning for the next one,” said Martin with a smile on her face. “I was con­fi­dent with the team I had then and with the team I have now, I knew we would be suc­cess­ful.”

Mean­while, some rid­ings within the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity didn’t change, in­clud­ing Syd­ney RiverMira-Louis­bourg and North­side-West­mount.

In Syd­ney River-Mi­raLouis­bourg, in­cum­bent Al­fie MacLeod of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party held a large lead as of mid­night with 5,240, fol­lowed by Lib­eral Kather­ine Mac­Don­ald with 1,888 votes with 44 of 46 polls re­port­ing.

MacLeod served as an MLA from 1995 to 1998. He would later serve in the leg­is­la­ture in 2006 and 2009 in the rid­ing known as Cape Bre­ton West, later re­named Syd­ney RiverMira-Louis­bourg in 2012. He was re-elected in 2013 win­ning about 43.75 per cent of the vote.

In North­side-West­mout, Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive in­cum­bent Ed­die Or­rell was re­elected. At mid­night with 44 of 45 polls re­port­ing, Or­rell had re­ceived 4,287 votes, fol­lowed by John Hig­gins of the Lib­eral Party with 1,413.

“My goals mov­ing for­ward are to hold the govern­ment ac­count­able and to make sure they stick to the prom­ises that they made,” said Or­rell in a phone in­ter­view. “I’m a big fan of the North­side Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and rural hos­pi­tals stay­ing open.”

Or­rell was first elected dur­ing a by­elec­tion in 2011 in the rid­ing known as Cape Bre­ton North. In 2013, Or­rell once again won the rid­ing North­side West­mount, which re­placed Cape Bre­ton North, win­ning 44 per cent of the vote.

In Glace Bay, Lib­eral in­cum­bent Geoff MacLel­lan was lead­ing as of mid­night with 2,225 votes with 36 of 38 polls re­port­ing, fol­lowed by John White of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party with 2,074 votes.

In the Syd­ney-Whit­ney Pier rid­ing, Lib­eral in­cum­bent Derek Mom­bour­quette was lead­ing at mid­night with 3,481 votes with 49 of 50 polls re­port­ing, fol­lowed closely by Madonna Doucette of the New Demo­cratic Party with 3,339 votes and Lau­rie Mac­In­tosh of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive with 2,173 votes.

All polls from the five rid­ings were not re­ported as of mid­night.


Tammy Martin of the New Demo­cratic Party hugs sup­porter Mar­cella Slade of New Waterford af­ter be­ing elected as the new MLA for Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre on Tues­day. Martin de­feated Lib­eral in­cum­bent David Wil­ton in the rid­ing. Of­fi­cial num­bers were not con­firmed as of mid­night.

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