PC’s Mark McLane unofficial winner of Cornwall-Meadowbank byelection – CBC.ca

Elections P.E.I. is calling Progressive Conservative candidate Mark McLane the unofficial winner of the District 16 Cornwall-Meadowbank byelection.

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Mark McLane ran for the Progressive Conservatives in the Cornwall-Meadowbank byelection. (Laura Meader/CBC)

Elections P.E.I. is calling Progressive Conservative candidate Mark McLane the unofficial winner of the District 16 Cornwall-Meadowbank byelection.

Four candidates were in the running in the district:

  • Larry Hale, NDP – 83 (3.4 per cent).
  • Jane MacIsaac, Liberal – 815 (33.2 per cent).
  • Todd MacLean, Green – 574 (23.4 per cent).
  • Mark McLane, Progressive Conservative – 982 (40 per cent).

The polling station at Cornwall’s APM Centre was open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, as voters got their last chance to cast a ballot.

The Unofficial Results are in. Mark McLane of the PC Party has won the D16 ByElection with 40% of the votes #D16ByElection https://t.co/cMC1DQGnFJ pic.twitter.com/Sff9MvEtBk

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The byelection was called because Liberal MLA Heath MacDonald decided to run in this year’s federal election.

McLane’s victory would mean the Tories will hold 15 of the 27 seats in the legislature. The Green Party currently has eight, and the Liberals the remaining four.

The District 16 By-Election Polls are now CLOSED with 55.41% of the 4,431 electorate voting. The Deputy Returning Officer for each of the 9 polls is the only election official who can handle the ballots to count the votes. https://t.co/cMC1DQGnFJ #AccuracyOverSpeed pic.twitter.com/pvAsDo3RZI

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Cornwall-Meadowbank has been Liberal since the district was created in 1996, and the area was entirely Liberal for a decade before that. The party is in a rebuilding mode, having been reduced from government to third-party status in 2019.