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Record number of women elected in New Brunswick 2020 provincial election

A 'Vote Here' sign for the 2014 New Brunswick provincial election is seen outside a polling station in Quispamsis, N.B. on Sept. 22, 2014. Brion Robinson / Global News

Fourteen women have been elected in the New Brunswick election Monday night, with Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs, whose party is projected to form a majority government, saying that nine of the women elected are from the party.

“It’s a new PC record,” Higgs said in his speech.

Five of the nine women elected for the PC party have not been elected to the legislature before.

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The party also set a record with the number of women running for the party at 17.

Some of the women elected include Sherry Wilson of Moncton Southwest, Tammy Scott-Wallace of Sussex–Fundy–St. Martins, Arlene Dunn of Saint John Harbour and Dorothy Shephard of Saint John Lancaster.

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Of the 14 women elected, three are Liberals, one is a People’s Alliance MLA and one is a Green MLA.

New Brunswick Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers was defeated in the riding of Miramichi by People’s Alliance candidate Michelle Conroy.

Conroy was the riding’s incumbent, serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Miramichi since 2018.

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