Liberal Leader Brian Gallant will now take on the title of Leader of the Official Opposition after winning a seat in the Kent by-election.
Supporters, friends and family joined Gallant at the Rexton Curling Club as the vote came in. The spirited atmosphere in the room grew as the polls reported in, adding up to a decisive Gallant victory.
The new MLA-elect for Kent offered his appreciation to all who support him and the Liberal party: “I would like to thank the voters in Kent for their support. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to the local organizing team and volunteers who worked tirelessly on this campaign,” Gallant said.
The team executed one of the most active campaigns the riding has ever seen, visiting all corners of the riding in door-to-door campaigning and working the phones. The long hours and hard work paid off with a convincing win for the Liberals.
“I said when we opened our headquarters that we would not take one vote for granted, so we worked hard to earn the support of the people of Kent.”
Gallant said he is ready to take his seat in the Legislature, “I am very much looking forward to representing the people of Kent and working on getting our province back on track.”
Gallant will be officially sworn is as MLA for Kent and Leader of the Official Opposition later this month.
Behind the Scenes:
The Issues We Face (Content is available in French only)
A Critical Election in Uncertain Times
Passing the Torch
Mobilizing the Kent Electorate
Engaging Our Online Community
A Mother’s Pride
Statistics on Brian Gallant’s Kent By-election
- Won 30/32 polls by more than the PC’s and NDP combined
- Won all of the Bouctouche polls, capturing 50% in 2010, and 12.5% in 2006
- Won 59% of the total votes and 66% of the total votes in the 30 ridings where he captured more than the PC and NDP combined
- Won 66% of the advanced polls, compared to 57% in 2010, and 52% in 2006
- Won 67% of the special ballots, compared to 58% in 2010, and 39% in 2006
- The Kent by-election had the highest % of voter turnout in any by-election since 2001