New Brunswick election: Bathurst West-Beresford

Bathurst West-Beresford elects Liberal Réne Legacy in the 2020 election.

Riding background

This riding includes the communities of Bathurst and Beresford.

Bathurst West-Beresford was formed during the 2013 redistricting process from parts of former ridings Bathurst, Nigadoo-Chaleur and Nepisiguit.

There will be no incumbent in this riding as Liberal MLA Brian Kenny chose to not re-offer.


Liberal: Réne Legacy

Progressive Conservative: Anne Bard-Lavigne

Green: Pierre Duguay-Boudreau



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Brian Kenny earned another term when he earned 67.5 per cent of the vote in 2018.

Kenny defeated PC candidate Yvon Landry (16.8 per cent), Green candidate Mike Rau (7.8 per cent) and NDP candidate Anne-Renée Thomas (6.9 per cent)


In 2014, Brian Kenny won the newly merged riding with 62.7 per cent of the vote.

He defeated PC candidate Anne Bard-Lavigne (25.5 per cent), NDP candidate Etienne Arseneau (8.1 per cent), and Green candidate Catherine Doucet (3.6 per cent).


Brian Kenny was re-elected as the Liberal MLA in Bathurst, which has sent Liberal MLAs to the legislature since 1967. Kenny was first elected in 2003.

Nigadoo-Chaleur also has strong Liberal roots, having elected a Liberal MLA since 1978. Roland Haché won the seat in the 1999 election, holding it until 2014. In 2010, he won with 49.8 per cent of the vote.

Nepisiguit sent PC MLA Ryan Riordon to the legislature in 2010. He captured 41.0 per cent of the vote, defeating Liberal incumbent Cheryl Lavoie.