Provincial legislature in “uncharted territory”

Written by NB Media Co-op Editorial Board on September 26, 2018

Left to right – Green Party candidates, Kevin Arseneau (Kent North), Megan Mitton (Memramcook/Tantramar) and David Coon (Fredericton South) were elected to the NB Legislature on Sept. 24. Photo by Raissa Marks.

A historic provincial election in New Brunswick has brought four political parties to the legislature, with the Green Party and the People’s Alliance Party each winning three seats in addition to the Progressive Conservative’s 22 and Liberal’s 21 seats. Only twice before have two parties joined the Liberals and Conservatives in the legislature: in 1920 (the United Farmers won nine seats and the Farmer-Labour party won two); and 1995 (the Confederation of Regions party won eight seats and the NDP won one).

“We’re in uncharted territory,” said Green Party of New Brunswick leader David Coon. New Brunswick residents will soon have the opportunity to see in action the different values and visions between new party caucuses. There was strong engagement in the election, with 67.11 percent of voters participating, up from 64.65 percent in the 2014 election.

The NB Media Co-op will continue to write stories about the decisions of the new legislature that have an impact on those ignored or misrepresented in corporate media.

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