Liberals stumble in Maritimes

The Maritime provinces have handed the Liberals a series of electoral defeats on Monday, delivering new ridings to the Conservatives and NDP.
Voters in the Nova Scotia riding of Halifax West line up to vote in the May 2 federal election. (Mike Dembeck/CP)

The Maritime provinces have handed the Liberals a series of electoral defeats on Monday, delivering new ridings to the Conservatives and NDP.

The Conservatives have been elected in 13 ridings, the NDP is elected in four ridings and the Liberals are elected in eight of the 25 ridings in the Maritimes.

In 2008, the Conservatives and Liberals each held 11 seats in the three Maritime provinces while the NDP had three.

To help boost his fortunes, Harper recruited Bernard Valcourt, a former Brian Mulroney-era cabinet minister, who was elected in the New Brunswick riding of Madawaska-Restigouche.

The Conservatives also recruited Cecil Clarke, a former Nova Scotia provincial cabinet minister, to run in Sydney-Victoria, and Mike Currie, a former P.E.I. provincial cabinet minister, to run in Cardigan. Both, however, lost in their federal bids.

For his part, though, Valcourt defeated Liberal Jean-Claude D’Amours who had been seeking re-election.

In the other gain for the Conservatives, Robert Goguen was leading in the riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe. Incumbent Liberal Brian Murphy is in second place after trailing behind the NDP for much of Monday night.

The Conservatives are holding the ridings of Fredericton, Fundy-Royal, Miramichi, New Brunswick Southwest, Saint John and Tobique-Mactaquac.

The NDP’s Yvon Godin was re-elected in Acadie-Bathurst.

Liberal Dominic LeBlanc held his riding of Beauséjour.

He offered his supporters a blunt assessment of the early results.

"It is clear that Canadians are sending the Liberal Party a message," LeBlanc said.

The Liberals were running third in every riding in New Brunswick except for Beauséjour, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Madawaska-Restigouche.

NDP gains N.S. seat

The NDP was hoping the party’s surge in national public opinion polls and the fact that it is the governing party in Nova Scotia would help the party win several news seats.

In the end, it was able to take at least two seats from the Liberals.

NDP candidate Robert Chisholm, a former provincial NDP leader, was elected in the riding of Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, defeating Liberal Mike Savage, who has held the riding since 2004.

Liberal Geoff Regan defeated NDP candidate Gregor Ash after a close race in Halifax West.

The Conservatives plan to run Cecil Clarke in the riding of Sydney-Victoria against Liberal Mark Eyking failed to sway voters. Eyking was re-elected in a close race.

Liberals hold P.E.I.

The Liberals are keeping their hold on Prince Edward Island. Conservative Gail Shea, the minister of fisheries, easily won re-election in Egmont. But the Liberals were leading or elected in the three other Island ridings.

The Conservatives had high hopes for the riding of Cardigan where Mike Currie, the former provincial cabinet minister, is running.

But Currie lost to longtime Liberal Lawrence MacAulay, a former federal cabinet minister.

In Malpeque, Liberal Wayne Easter defeated Conservative Tim Ogilvie.