The Results from the Nova Scotian 64th General Assembly Election held on August 17, 2021, are in.
By Dami Igbinyemi
The 2021 Nova Scotia general election took place yesterday to elect members of the 64th General Assembly of Nova Scotia. Each General Assembly of the legislature for Nova Scotia comes to an end via dissolution, triggering a general election similar to the federal level Parliament. The general elections elect members to the House of Assembly. The party leader with the most seats becomes the Premier of Nova Scotia.
For a majority government in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, a party must have 28 seats. The general election resulted in the Progressive Conservatives returning to power for the first time since 2006. Moreover, this is their first majority government for the first time since 1999. The Progressive Conservatives went from 17 seats in the previous election to winning 31 seats yesterday. The Liberal party went from a majority government with 24 seats down to 17 seats. The New Democratic party gained six seats in this election, one seat higher than the previous election.
“I may be the one on the stage, but it’s Nova Scotians — Nova Scotians, you are the ones that spoke loud and clear in this election,” said Tim Houston, premier-designate of Nova Scotia. “For the next four years — and beyond — I will promise you this: I will give you everything I have to fix health care. I will give you everything I have to make this a better province. It won’t happen overnight, and it will cost money, but if we work together, we can get the job done.”
Tim Houston was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2013 provincial election, representing the electoral district of Pictou East. He began leading the PC party in October 2018. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and was awarded the profession’s highest mark of distinction, the Fellow (FCPA) designation, by Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia.
Tim Houston’s campaign was focused on his promise of fixing the health system by dedicating hundreds of millions of dollars in his first year as Premier to increasing the number of family doctors, strengthen the mental health system and create more nursing home beds. He also focused on pandemic management as his first order of business was meeting with Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang. “We have to be focused on public health first and foremost,” he said.
Houston’s transition team was announced this morning with Scott Armor McCrea, CEO of the Armor Group leading the team. The team member includes:
– Nicole LaFosse Parker, a lawyer and Houston’s chief of staff.
– Chris Lydon, a vice-president at M5 Public Affairs.
– David MacGregor, former principal secretary to former Premier John Hamm.
– Cam MacKeen, co-chair of the Tory campaign and a lawyer.
– Tara Miller, co-chair of the Tory campaign and a lawyer.
– Karen Oldfield, a retired CEO, and former chief of staff to Hamm