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article imageTories take Nova Scotia riding in federal by-election

By Lynne Melcombe     Nov 9, 2009 in Politics
Stephen Harper's Conservative government has picked up one more seat in the House of Commons in today's by-elections, and may pick up a second.
Electors in the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley provided Tory candidate Scott Armstrong with a strong win tonight. According to Elections Canada, Armstrong took 45.8% of the votes. Just over 35% of registered voters turned out to vote.
In the Quebec riding of Hochelaga, it appears that the Bloc Québécois will win, as predicted. Of 219 polls, 211 have reported, giving BQ candidate Daniel Paillé a strong lead over New Democratic Party candidate Jean-Claude Rocheleau. Just over 22% of registered voters have been counted.
It was predicted that the Quebec riding of Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup would also go BQ, but with 245 of 257 polls reporting, it looks like the Conservatives could pick up another seat. Conservative Bernard Généreux is about 1,300 votes ahead of BQ Nancy Gagnon (roughly 11,000 to 10,000). The turnout here has been over 35%.
In the BC riding of New Westminster-Coquitlam, 150 of 225 polls have reported, giving New Democratic Party candidate Fin Donnelly a 2,300 vote lead over Conservative Diana Dilworth (roughly 7,700 to 5,400). This was predicted to be a tight race between these two candidates.
These four by-elections were expected to send a message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about how Canadians feel his minority government is doing. At this point, the reviews seem divided.
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