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Next 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 Gary Burrill, NSNDP leader.jpg
Leader Stephen McNeil Jamie Baillie Gary Burrill
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative New Democratic
Leader since April 28, 2007 October 26, 2010 February 27, 2016
Leader's seat Annapolis Cumberland South Running in Halifax Chebucto
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 on September 7, 2013[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 October 8, 2013).[3] Upon the expiration of the Assembly, 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 unless there has been an election in the preceding six months. This means that if the House does not sit between between September 1, 2018, and its dissolution by operation of law (October 18, 2018), the latest the election can be held is Tuesday December 25, 2018, or, if the House sits during that time, Tuesday June 25, 2019. 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.[4]

Timeline[edit]

Party standings[edit]

Party Leader Seats
2013 Current
Liberal Stephen McNeil 33 34
Progressive Conservative Jamie Baillie 11 10
New Democratic Gary Burrill 7 6
  Independent 0 1
  Vacant 0 0
Total 51 51

Retiring incumbents[edit]

New Democrats

Nominated candidates[edit]

Annapolis Valley[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Annapolis Stephen McNeil Colin Sproul[17] Stephen McNeil
Clare-Digby Gordon Wilson Harold Neil[18] Gordon Wilson
Hants West Chuck Porter Janice Munroe Dodge[19] Chuck Porter
Kings North Geof Turner[20] John Lohr John Lohr
Kings South Keith Irving Steve Schneider Keith Irving
Kings West Leo Glavine Chris Palmer[21] Leo Glavine

South Shore[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Argyle-Barrington Louis d'Entremont[22] Chris d'Entremont Greg Foster[18] Chris d'Entremont
Chester-St. Margaret's Hugh MacKay[23] Denise Peterson-Rafuse Denise Peterson-Rafuse
Lunenburg Suzanne Lohnes-Croft Brian Pickings[24] Marc Breaugh[25] Suzanne Lohnes-Croft
Lunenburg West Mark Furey Mark Furey
Queens-Shelburne Vernon Oickle[26] Kim Masland[27] John Davis Sterling Belliveau
Yarmouth Zach Churchill David Olie[18] Zach Churchill

Fundy-Northeast[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Larry Harrison Janet Moulton Larry Harrison
Colchester North Karen Casey James Finnie[28] Karen Casey
Cumberland North Terry Farrell Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin[29] Terry Farrell
Cumberland South Kenny John Jackson[30] Jamie Baillie Larry Duchesne[31] Jamie Baillie
Hants East Margaret Miller Margaret Miller
Truro–Bible Hill–Millbrook–Salmon River Craig Johnson[32] Keltie Jones[33] Lenore Zann Lenore Zann

Central Halifax[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Clayton Park West Diana Whalen Paul Kimball[34] Rana Zaman Diana Whalen
Fairview-Clayton Park Patricia Arab Paul Beasant[35] Patricia Arab
Halifax Armdale Lena Diab Lena Diab
Halifax Chebucto Joachim Stroink John Wesley Chisholm[36] Gary Burrill Joachim Stroink
Halifax Citadel-Sable Island Labi Kousoulis Glenn Walton Labi Kousoulis
Halifax Needham Melinda Daye[37] Andy Arsenault[38] Lisa Roberts Lisa Roberts

Suburban Halifax[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Bedford Kelly Regan Valerie White[39] Dan Trivett Kelly Regan
Halifax Atlantic Brendan Maguire Brendan Maguire
Hammonds Plains-Lucasville Ben Jessome Matt Whitman[40] Ben Jessome
Sackville-Beaver Bank Stephen Gough Brad Johns[41] Stephen Gough
Sackville-Cobequid Michael Hindlet[23] John Giannakos[42] Dave Wilson Dave Wilson
Timberlea-Prospect Iain Rankin Tim Kohoot Linda Moxsom-Skinner Iain Rankin
Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank Bill Horne Dan McNaughton[43] Trevor Sanipass Bill Horne

Dartmouth/Cole Harbour/Eastern Shore[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage Joyce Treen Barbara Adams[44] Joyce Treen
Cole Harbour-Portland Valley Tony Ince Tony Ince
Dartmouth East Andrew Younger (Independent) Andrew Younger
Dartmouth North Joanne Bernard Melanie Russell[45] Susan Leblanc Joanne Bernard
Dartmouth South Vishal Bhardwaj[46] Claudia Chender[47] James Murray (Atlantica)[48] Marian Mancini
Eastern Shore Kevin Murphy Kevin Murphy
Preston-Dartmouth Keith Colwell Keith Colwell

Central Nova[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Antigonish Randy Delorey Ray Mattie[49] Moraig MacGillivray[50] Randy Delorey
Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie Lloyd Hines Rob Wolf[51] Lloyd Hines
Pictou Centre Jeff Davis[52] Pat Dunn Henderson Paris Pat Dunn
Pictou East Tim Houston Tim Houston
Pictou West Karla MacFarlane Shawn McNamara[53] Karla MacFarlane

Cape Breton[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Liberal   PC   NDP   Green Other
Cape Breton Centre David Wilton Tammy Martin[54] David Wilton
Cape Breton-Richmond Michel Samson Alana Paon[55] Michel Samson
Glace Bay Geoff MacLellan John White Lois MacDougall Geoff MacLellan
Inverness Bobby Morris[56] Allan MacMaster Michelle Smith Allan MacMaster
Northside-Westmount John Higgins[23] Eddie Orrell Ronald Crowther Eddie Orrell
Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg Katherine MacDonald[57] Alfie MacLeod Alfie MacLeod
Sydney-Whitney Pier Derek Mombourquette Madonna Doucette Derek Mombourquette
Victoria-The Lakes Pam Eyking Keith Bain[58] Pam Eyking

Opinion polls[edit]

Polling Firm Last Day of Polling Link Liberal PC NDP Green
Corporate Research Associates March 1, 2017 [1] 44 28 23 5
MQO Research January 15, 2017 [2] 58 21 18 3
Corporate Research Associates November 29, 2016 [3] 56 20 19 4
MQO Research October 15, 2016 [4] 53 25 16 5
Corporate Research Associates August 31, 2016 [5] 56 22 19 2
MQO Research July 19, 2016 [6] 63 17 16 3
Corporate Research Associates May 31, 2016 [7] 59 21 18 2
MQO Research April 9, 2016 [8] 59 17 20 3
Corporate Research Associates March 1, 2016 [9] 56 23 16 5
Corporate Research Associates December 1, 2015 [10] 64 17 17 2
Corporate Research Associates September 2, 2015 [11] 50 20 28 2
Corporate Research Associates June 1, 2015 [12] 50 19 27 3
Corporate Research Associates February 28, 2015 [13] 58 20 18 3
Corporate Research Associates November 26, 2014 [14] 64 18 15 3
Corporate Research Associates September 1, 2014 [15] 62 20 14 3
Corporate Research Associates May 27, 2014 [16] 57 21 19 3
Corporate Research Associates February 28, 2014 [17] 60 20 18 2
Corporate Research Associates November 28, 2013 [18] 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. ^ Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 4(1)
  4. ^ Elections Act, Section 29(b).
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  6. ^ "Chuck Porter leaves PC caucus, cites leadership as a factor". CBC News. June 13, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dartmouth South MLA Allan Rowe dies". The Chronicle Herald. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "Nova Scotia Liberals win 2 byelections, lose Dartmouth South". CBC News. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Environment Minister Andrew Younger fired from Liberal cabinet, caucus". CBC News. November 5, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Chuck Porter, former Progressive Conservative MLA, joins Liberals". CBC News. February 17, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Nova Scotia's New Democrats elect Gary Burrill as new leader". CBC News. February 27, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Maureen MacDonald retires from provincial politics after 18 years as MLA". CBC News. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Lisa Roberts wins Halifax Needham byelection for Nova Scotia's NDP". CBC News. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
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  16. ^ "New Democrat MLA Marian Mancini will not run again". CBC News. November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
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  21. ^ "Palmer to carry PC banner in Kings West". Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  22. ^ d'Entremont Gets Nod For Liberals In Argyle-Barrington Y95
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  31. ^ "Duchesne to represent NDP in Cumberland South". Cumberland News Now. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
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  42. ^ "Giannakos to carry PC banner in Sackville-Cobequid". Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  43. ^ "McNaughton to carry PC banner". Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  44. ^ "Barbara Adams to carry PC banner for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage". Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. August 26, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  45. ^ "Russell to carry PC banner in Dartmouth North". Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
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