September 23, 2014 12:57 pm

Elizabeth May says David Coon victory shows party can win outside B.C.

Green party Leader Elizabeth May holds a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 12, 2013.

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OTTAWA – Green party Leader Elizabeth May says she’s delighted by the Green breakthrough in the New Brunswick election, saying it proves the party has momentum with a federal election on the horizon.

David Coon won the hotly contested Fredericton South riding in the province’s election on Monday. It’s the first-ever seat in the New Brunswick legislature for the Greens.

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READ MORE: Green leader David Coon makes history in NB’s Fredericton South riding

In an interview with The Canadian Press, May says Coon’s triumph proves that Green votes are not restricted to British Columbia.

She says it also shows the Green message is resonating across Canada, and suggests that federal Greens could be elected in sufficient numbers to hold the balance of power in Ottawa in the event of a minority government.

READ MORE: New Brunswick election coverage and results

Currently only May and Bruce Hyer sit as Greens in the House of Commons.

She points to the influence of the Greens in Australia, saying a handful of party faithful helped push forward climate legislation there.

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