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PCs win minority government in nail-biting N.B. election

Blaine Higgs and the Progressive Conservatives have been declared the winners of the New Brunswick election, turfing Brian Gallant and the Liberals after just one term.

Global News projected a minority PC government just before midnight Monday.

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The Liberals entered the election as the perceived favourites with support from 33 per cent of decided voters, according to a poll from Nanos Research. The PCs entered election day with 26 per cent, with the People’s Alliance’s Kris Austin leading the third-party candidates with 10 per cent.

The PCs won on a promise to not bring in new taxes, fight the federal carbon pricing plan in court, evaluate tuition access bursary program and tax credit programs, and develop a plan to make second-language conversational skills a universal expectation of all graduates.

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick made history after three MLAs were elected into the legislature, including party founder Kris Austin, who won out in the Fredericton-Grand Lake riding.

Also winning for the People’s Alliance was Michelle Conroy in Miramichi and Rick Desaulniers in Fredericton-York. Conroy tallied 47 per cent of the vote to pull off the upset over Liberal incumbent Bill Fraser, while Desaulniers garnered 3,033 votes to defeat PC Kirk Macdonald’s 2,777.

WATCH: New Brunswick election: People’s Alliance leader Kris Austin calls win ‘fantastic’

The Greens also had a historic night, winning three seats of their own. Party Leader David Coon of Fredericton South, Megan Mitton of Memramcook-Tantramar and Kevin Arseneau of Kent South all won in their ridings.

Mitton edged out incumbent Bernard Leblanc by just 11 votes, earning 3,148 to Leblanc’s 3,137. Arseneau earned 45.9 per cent to beat Liberal Emery Comeau by over 700 votes.

The Liberal defeat makes 36-year-old Gallant the third straight premier to fail in his bid for a second term.

More to come.

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