Election brings change to CBRM
Martin defeats Wilton in Cape Breton Centre; Orrell, MacLeod claim victories
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.