As per my promise in my previous post on the Kent, New Brunswick by-election, I'm taking a quick look at the results of the race that finished last night.
Brian Gallant (Lib): 3,543 votes - 59.1% (+3.4%)
Susan Levi-Peters (NDP): 1,615 votes - 26.9% (+11.6%)
Jimmy Bourque (PC): 837 votes - 14.0% (-11.8%)
As expected, New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant easily won the by-election, even improving upon the percentage that former Premier and favourite son Shawn Graham managed in 2010. Turnout only decreased slightly, with 69.5% turnout from somewhere around 75% in the general election. That is a pretty good sign for Gallant, given that low turnout would have meant disinterest, something a new leader desperately needs to avoid.
The big jump for the NDP must also put a smile on a few faces, though one has to wonder if Dominic Cardy had run, he could have made it competitive. For the PCs, its a disappointment, and leaves me scratching my head as to why they even ran a candidate - they originally waffled on the idea of not running one, to allow Gallant a free ride to the legislature. Now they've simply allowed him a ride into Fredericton while embarrassing themselves in the process.
So, a new era begins in New Brunswick with Gallant ready to take on the hapless David Alward. I feel that NBers should be pretty confident in their chances to get a competent government into power by the next election, just like their fellows in Nova Scotia. They're going to be the heralds of Liberal renewal in Canada, so if you can, lend these faithful Liberals your support!