Next Nova Scotia general election

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

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 Maureen MacDonald (interim)
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since April 28, 2007 October 26, 2010 November 23, 2013
Leader's seat Annapolis Cumberland South Halifax Needham
Last election 33 seats, 45.71% 11 seats, 26.31% 7 seats, 26.84%
Current seats 34 10 6

Incumbent Premier

Stephen McNeil
Liberal

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]

Timeline[edit]

Party standings[edit]

Party Leader Seats
2013 Current
Liberal Stephen McNeil 33 34
Progressive Conservative Jamie Baillie 11 10
New Democratic Maureen MacDonald (interim) 7 6
  Independent 0 1
Total 51 51

Opinion polls[edit]

Polling Firm Last Day of Polling Link Liberal PC NDP Green
Corporate Research Associates June 1, 2015 [1] 50 19 27 3
Corporate Research Associates February 28, 2015 [2] 58 20 18 3
Corporate Research Associates November 26, 2014 [3] 64 18 15 3
Corporate Research Associates September 1, 2014 [4] 62 20 14 3
Corporate Research Associates May 27, 2014 [5] 57 21 19 3
Corporate Research Associates February 28, 2014 [6] 60 20 18 2
Corporate Research Associates November 28, 2013 [7] 58 19 19 3
Election 2013 October 8, 2013 HTML 45.71 26.31 26.84 0.85

References[edit]

  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. 
  6. ^ "Dartmouth South MLA Allan Rowe dies". The Chronicle Herald. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "NDP MLAs Gordie Gosse, Frank Corbett resign". The Chronicle Herald. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nova Scotia Liberals win 2 byelections, lose Dartmouth South". CBC News. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.