Voters in northern New Brunswick elect Progressive Conservatives in two byelections

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FREDERICTON — Voters in the northern New Brunswick ridings of Miramichi Bay-Neguac and Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin have given Premier Blaine Higgs' governing Progressive Conservatives two more seats in the provincial legislature following byelections Monday.

Réjean Savoie won in the riding of Miramichi Bay-Neguac while Mike Dawson took Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin.

For Savoie, it's a return to the legislature after serving as an MLA during the government of Premier Bernard Lord from 1999 to 2003.

Just over 42 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in the byelections.

The byelections were to fill vacancies created when two members of the legislature quit to run in the last federal election.

The Progressive Conservatives now have 30 seats in the 49-seat legislature, the Liberals have 16, and the Greens have three.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 20, 2022.

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