The Progressive Conservatives will form a majority government in Nova Scotia after causing a major upset to the Liberals.
PC leader, Tim Houston, will form the next government after Liberal Leader, Iain Rankin, conceded.
Speaking to a crowd of party supporters gathered in his home area of Pictou County, Houston referred to polls in the spring that suggested the Liberals would cruise to victory:
— Erin O'Toole (@erinotoole) August 18, 2021
“They were writing us off. Well, I wonder what they’re writing right now,” said the 51-year-old career accountant.
“Tonight, we made history.”
The Tories will return to power for the first time since 2009 and deny the Liberals a third consecutive win. The party jumped out to early leads in many seats after polls closed, including seats they previously held but also many they targeted.
“Regardless of what the polls may say, what we know is that if you provide real solutions to real problems then the voters will pay attention,” Houston said.
Undoubtedly a great night for the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.
Ultimately, this could translate two ways. This could be a sign of things to come in the federal election, demonstrating that voters are tired of Liberal policies and “Trudeau-mania” is falling flat amongst the Canadian public.
However, it could also be a simple one-off, with provincial politics being a very different game to federal.
In the meantime, conservatives will take this victory. Right-of-centre parties should now emphasize the huge upset that Tim Houston has caused and push the narrative that, just like Nova Scotia, the country is tired of Liberal policies.
(Photo credit: CTV News)
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