Liberals win Nova Scotia election with majority

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, left, waves to passing traffic while campaigning in Nova Scotia....

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, left, waves to passing traffic while campaigning in Nova Scotia. (Handout/QMI Agency)

Kris Sims, Atlantic Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

SPRINGHILL, NS -- Nova Scotia has its first majority Liberal government in 20 years.

Stephen McNeil's party took 33 of 51 seats Tuesday in Province House, ousting Premier Darrell Dexter and his New Democrats from the leadership.

"It is with a deep sense of responsibility and purpose that I will make certain our plan is delivered and our commitments are kept," McNeil said in his victory speech late Tuesday.

McNeil's campaign was boosted by several visits from federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

The result was not unexpected, based on polling commissioned by QMI Agency that showed voters favoured the Liberals by a wide margin. The real question was who would lead the Official Opposition given close poll results between the NDP and the Progressive Conservatives, led by Jamie Baillie.

It was Baillie who won out, taking 11 seats.


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