New Brunswick

2 municipal mergers approved during local byelections

Two groups of rural communities in the Restigouche region have voted in favour of merging with neighbouring municipalities.

14 communities get new mayors, councillors in byelections

Byelections were held across the province on Monday. Two merger plebiscites were approved and 14 communities received new mayors and councillors. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Two groups of rural communities in the Restigouche region have voted in favour of merging with neighbouring municipalities.

Plebiscites were held on Monday along with byelections to fill vacant seats on municipal councils.

Elections New Brunswick reports that St. Arthur and Val D'Amours and a portion of the local service district of Blair Athol have voted to become a part of the Village of Atholville.

The final vote showed 742 people approved the referendum compared to 358, who voted against it.

And the local service district of Dundee and portions of the LSDs of the parish of Dalhousie, McLeods and Dalhousie Junction, will join the Village of Eel River Crossing.

The yes side received 274 votes compared to 108 no votes.

The voter turnout in Monday's byelections ranged from a high of 74.31 per cent in Le Goulet to 17.49 per cent in Sussex.

The following individuals were also elected in the Monday byelections:

  • Jean-Albert Cormier was elected mayor of Beaubassin East
  • Jean Charles Dugas was elected as a councillor in Beaubassin East
  • Ronald Fowler was elected in Upper Miramichi
  • Carl Price was elected in Doaktown
  • Eric Cummings was elected in Meductic
  • Crystal Cook was elected in St. George
  • Abby Pond was elected in St. Stephen
  • Guy Groulx and Patrick Mann were elected in St. Andrews
  • Graham Milner was elected in Sussex
  • Todd Beach was elected in Hampton
  • Marco Savoie was elected in Campbellton
  • Tony Walsh was elected in Miramichi
  • Jeffrey Land was elected in Hillsborough​
  • Paul-Aimé Mallet was elected mayor of Le Goulet​
  • Normand Vienneau was elected as a councillor in Le Goulet
  • Sylvain Chiasson was elected in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël

 The following candidates were acclaimed on Monday:

  • Emile Basque in Néguac
  • ​Normand Doiron in Pointe-Verte
  • Vicky Levesque in Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska
  • Anita Savoie Robichaud was acclaimed as mayor of Shippagan
  • ​Dale Golding in Tracy
  • Serge Sirois in Saint-Léonard

There were no candidates to fill spots on municipal councils in St. Quentin, Hanwell, Clair and Nigadoo.

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