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41st Nova Scotia general election
Nova Scotia
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51 seats in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
26 seats needed for a majority
  Stephen McNeil color-balanced.jpg Jamie Baillie, Leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia.jpg
Leader Stephen McNeil Jamie Baillie Gary Burrill
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since April 28, 2007 October 26, 2010
(Until TBA)
February 27, 2016
Leader's seat Annapolis Cumberland South Halifax Chebucto
Last election 27 seats 17 seats 7 seats

Incumbent Premier

Stephen McNeil

The 41st Nova Scotia general election will be held when the provincial government passes "an Order in Council calling an election"[1] to elect members to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The Nova Scotia Elections Act does not provide for fixed election dates, it is probable in 2021.

No Assembly may continue for longer than five years and forty days after the issuing of writs for the previous election on April 30, 2017[2] or for longer than five years from the date fixed for the return of the writs for the previous election (normally 10 days following the election, which was on May 30, 2017).[3] Upon the expiration of the Assembly on June 9, 2022, the Lieutenant Governor is not required to immediately call an election, but Section 8 of the House of Assembly Act requires the House to sit at least once between January 1 and June 30 and at least once between September 1 and December 31,[4] unless there has been an election in the preceding six months.[5] The election must be held on a Tuesday at least 30 days and not more than 46 days after the date the writ of election is issued.[6]

Opinion Polls[edit]

Polling Firm Poll Published Link Liberal PC NDP Green
MQO Research October 24, 2017 PDF 44 32 19 4
Corporate Research Associates September 13, 2017 PDF 45 29 22 4
MQO Research July 27, 2017 PDF 46 30 21 3
Corporate Research Associates June 7, 2017 PDF 40 29 28 2
Election 2017 May 30, 2017 HTML 39.5 35.7 21.5 2.8


  1. ^ "Sample Election Calendar". Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ House of Assembly Act, Section 8(1).
  3. ^ Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 4(1)
  4. ^ House of Assembly Act, Section 8(2).
  5. ^ House of Assembly Act, Section 8(4).
  6. ^ Elections Act, Section 29(b).