PC incumbent Kim Masland is returning to the legislature for another four years, only this time she’ll be a member of Nova Scotia’s ruling party.
Masland quickly jumped out to a massive lead in yesterday’s election and never looked back. After just three polls were counted, she led with 241 votes compared to 47 collected by her next closest competitor, Liberal candidate Susan MacLeod, who had just 47.
She finished with 69.81 per cent of the vote or a total of 3,527 votes, well ahead of MacLeod, who finished second with 1,051 votes. The NDP’s Mary Dahr had 321 votes, and Brian Muldoon of the Green Party 153.
A total of 8,868 people were registered to vote in Queens; 5,052, or 57.22 per cent of that number, cast their vote. There were 17 ballots rejected and five declined.
Masland told LighthouseNOW she didn’t take anything for granted, worked hard for the win and was exhausted.
“We hit the ground running five minutes after the election was called,” she said, noting she and her team knocked on more than 5,000 doors during the campaign.
“We’re celebrating our hard-earned victory… We had such an amazing team.”
According to Masland, the number one issue she heard about on the doorsteps was health care, which was at the forefront of the PCs’ campaign across the province.
“People are scared, people are worried about accessing health care and I heard that at every step. People were sharing with me their fear and their personal stories of the health care crisis we're in,” explained Masland. “They’re looking for hope, looking for solutions and we, as a party, put forward our plans over a year ago for Nova Scotians to digest, and they did digest it, and we’re seeing that tonight.”
She admitted that being a part of the governing party will be a massive change for her. “I’m ecstatic. When you’re in government this is when you can affect change…
“The real work begins tonight, we’ve done our leg work and now it’s time to put the solutions that we have brought forth in to play, to make lives better for Nova Scotians.”
Provincially, she said Iain Rankin went into the campaign riding the coattails of former Liberal premier Stephen McNeil, and thought maybe by calling an election in the middle of the summer, and during a pandemic, that people would be disengaged.
“You would think that way, but people, Nova Scotians, are engaged and that’s why they turned out in droves at the early polls to make sure their voice was heard in this campaign,” she said.
Early on after the polls closed, Elections Nova Scotia’s map of elected and leading candidates was awash with PC blue. Liberal Premier Iain Rankin conceded defeat before it was yet determined whether the PC Leader, Tim Houston, would be leading a majority or minority government.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin