Nova Scotia Liberal Party Returns to Power With Election Win

The Nova Scotia Liberal Party will return to power for the first time in more than a decade after winning a majority of seats in provincial elections today.

The Liberals, led by Stephen McNeil, were elected or leading in 33 of 51 electoral districts, according to results posted on Elections Nova Scotia’s website as of 10:10 p.m. local time. The Progressive Conservatives were ahead in 11 seats and the governing New Democratic Party led in seven seats.

Premier Darrell Dexter led the NDP to power for the first time in the last campaign in 2009, and held 31 seats in the legislature when the election was called last month. The Liberals had 12 seats, the Progressive Conservatives held seven, with two vacancies.

The Liberals have been out of power in Nova Scotia since losing elections in 1999.

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