Nova Scotia

Regan holds Halifax West for Liberals

Geoff Regan held onto his Halifax West seat for the Liberals in the federal election, despite CTV and CBC at one point calling a victory for the NDP's Gregor Ash.

Geoff Regan held onto his Halifax West seat for the Liberals in the federal election, despite CBC at one point calling a victory for the NDP's Gregor Ash.

Regan wound up winning by about 2,500 votes, followed by Conservative Bruce Pretty and third-place Ash.

"It was certainly a rollercoaster ride tonight. I've been declared politically dead before after my defeat in 1997," Regan said when the dust had settled. "We experienced that again tonight, but fortunately it was much more briefly lived."

The Liberal party suffered defeats across the country and early results made it appear that Halifax West would go to the rookie NDP candidate. It wasn't until after 11 p.m. that results settled out and Regan was declared the winner.

Regan said it was a thrill to be back in office, but that federally the Liberals had a lot of work to do.

"I thought that Michael Ignatieff campaigned very well and we had a very good platform, but perhaps we didn't talk enough about what we were proposing to do," he said. 

"I'm very pleased to have withstood the tide tonight but obviously it was difficult to see so many great Liberal members of Parliament go down to defeat."

Ash said having an apparent victory turned into defeat was tough, but he was happy with his effort.

"It's always nice to win, [but] when they declare you the winner and you aren't, there's always disappointment, but we ran  great campaign," he said.

It was Regan's sixth victory in the seat. He won 16,230 votes, compared to Pretty's 13,778 and Ash's 13,239.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this article incorrectly said CTV reported Geoff Regan had lost the Halifax West seat.
    May 03, 2011 1:08 PM AT