Nova Scotia

Byelection announced for Cape Breton North

Premier Darrell Dexter announced Saturday that a byelection will take place in June in Cape Breton North.

Premier Darrell Dexter announced Saturday that a byelection will take place in June in Cape Breton North.

Former Nova Scotia MLA Cecil Clarke will not be running for a seat in his former riding in the upcoming byelection.

Clarke recently gave up his seat in that riding to run for the Conservatives in this month's federal election.

He lost the federal race to incumbent Liberal MP Mark Eyking.

Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said another candidate, physiotherapist Eddie Orrell, has been confirmed to run for that seat instead.

"Who is elected in this race is of vital importance to the future of our community.  The provincial government has shown its commitment to the economic growth of Cape Breton through their strong support of the Sydney Harbour dredge as well as the undersea hydro cable from Newfoundland," said NDP nominated-candidate Russell MacDonald.

"Both which will result in renewed business interest in the Northside Industrial Park, and great job opportunities for us here at home."

Cape Breton North encompasses North Sydney, Sydney Mines and extends along the northeastern coast of the island to Point Aconi.

"The timing is right for the byelection in Cape Breton North," said Dexter. "I wanted to ensure that the election took place before the summer months and that the residents of Cape Breton North will have representation in the House of Assembly this fall."

The election will take place June 21.

With files from The Canadian Press

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