Federal Election 2015: Liberals dominate in Atlantic Canada
Election night has started out well for the Liberals, who have been elected in 30 of 32 ridings in Atlantic Canada, and look poised to unseat at least two Tory ministers and take a former minister’s riding.
Right now, the Liberals have approximately 62 per cent of the popular vote reported in the region and lead in all 32 ridings.
But don’t get excited yet: They were expected to do well in Atlantic Canada throughout the campaign. The party’s real test will come when results from Quebec and Ontario start coming in.
One of the biggest surprises of the night was the Liberal win in Halifax over incumbent Megan Leslie, the deputy leader of the NDP who has been an MP since 2008.
WATCH: Megan Leslie, deputy leader of the New Democrats, has been defeated by Liberal Andy Filmore in Halifax.
Peter Stoffer, a longtime and popular NDP MP, is currently trailing Liberal candidate Darrell Samson in Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook.
Liberal TJ Harvey won Tobique-Mactacquac, one of the most Conservative ridings of Canada.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt was the first Conservative cabinet minister to lose his seat Monday night – to Liberal Rene Arseneault.
Fisheries Minister Gail Shea lost to Liberal Bobby Morrissey in Egmont.
Central Nova, previously held by former cabinet minister Peter Mackay, also went Liberal, electing Sean Fraser.
Seamus O’Regan won St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, taking the seat from the NDP.
St. John’s East, held by NDP incumbent Jack Harris, is still up for grabs.
WATCH: Liberal strategist Amanda Alvaro spoke with Global News’ Jacques Bourbeau about “some of the big victories” the party is having in the Maritimes and says it all has to do with Justin Trudeau, his plan for Canada and the party’s policies.
Bill Casey, a former Conservative MP, who is now running as a Liberal, won in the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester.