Next Nova Scotia general election

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Next Nova Scotia general election
Nova Scotia
2013 ←
40th → 41st

51 seats in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
26 seats needed for a majority
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Last election 33 seats, 45.71% 11 seats, 26.31% 7 seats, 26.84%
Current seats 33 10 7

Incumbent Premier

Stephen McNeil

The 40th Nova Scotia general election will be held when the provincial government passes "an Order in Council calling an election", as the Nova Scotia Elections Act does not provide for fixed election dates.[1]

No Assembly may continue for longer than five years and forty days after the issuing of writs for the previous election,[2] making an election probable for 2018, as the writs were issued on September 7, 2013. Upon the expiration of the Legislature, on October 18, 2018, the Lieutenant Governor is not required to call an election, but section 8(2) of the House of Assembly Act requires Parliament to meet once in each half of the calendar year. The election must be held on a Tuesday at least 30 days after the date the writ of election is issued, but no maximum period is provided.[3]


Party standings[edit]

Party Leader Seats
2013 Current
Liberal Stephen McNeil 33 33
Progressive Conservative Jamie Baillie 11 10
New Democratic Maureen MacDonald (interim) 7 7
  Independent 0 1
Total 51 51


  1. ^ "Sample Election Calendar". Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ House of Assembly Act, section 8(1).
  3. ^ Elections Act 2011, section 29(b).
  4. ^ Canadian Press (November 16, 2013). "Former NS premier Darrell Dexter resigns as NDP leader". Global News. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chuck Porter leaves PC caucus, cites leadership as a factor". CBC News. June 13, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.