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Blaine Higgs and the Progressive Conservatives have won the most seats in the New Brunswick election, but Liberal Leader Brian Gallant said he is not conceding despite the result.
The PCs were able to earn 22 seats compared to the Liberals 21.
Two smaller parties — the People’s Alliance and the Greens — made extraordinary gains in a province that has shown little interest in upending the entrenched two-party system.
As many polls had predicted, the leader of the People’s Alliance, Kris Austin, won his seat in Fredericton-Grand Lake, a breakthrough for a party that was contesting its third election.
The party added to their total by also electing their second and third MLAs in the form of Michelle Conroy in Miramichi and Rick Desaulniers in Fredericton-York.
The party has never won more than three per cent of the popular vote before.
It has taken aim at official bilingualism, saying the dual systems in health care and school busing are costing the province too much money, and has called for more efficiencies.
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The Greens added to their number of seats as well. Party Leader David Coon of Fredericton South, Megan Mitton of Memramcook-Tantramar and Kevin Arseneau of Kent South all won in their ridings.
The NDP’s Jennifer McKenzie was the only party leader not to win a seat in the legislature, earning just 14.7 per cent of the vote in Saint John Harbour.
Full results for the entire election can be found here.
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