October 22, 2019 | by: markfirth


It didn’t take long to decide Madawaska-Restigouche with Liberal incumbent
René Arseneault retaining his seat last night.

Arsenault who was first elected in 2015 held close to 50-percent of the vote
compared to Conservative Nelson Fox’s 29-percent.

Arsenault tells the Tribune shortly after he was declared the winner that he
has four years’ experience and more confidence under his belt with
experienced employees in both Campbellton and Edmundston.

He says his team accomplished a lot in the last four years and there’s still
lots to do for both Restigouche and Edmundston.

The Green Party had a big lift in the riding under Louis Bérubé as they
captured close to 5-thousand votes, over 43-hundred more than then the 2015

The NDP and candidate Chad Betteridge saw a decline in support capturing just
7-percent in the riding.

Acadie-Bathurst was decided early and by a very wide margin.

Liberal incumbent Serge Cormier held over 55-percent of the vote actually
increasing his win in 2015 by 5-percentage points.

His closest rivals were Conservative Martine Savoie with just over 21-percent
and New Democrat Daniel Theriault with 14.5-percent.

The Greens captured close to 9-percent which was an increase from their
2-percent showing in the last election.

NB-Elxn notables

Jenica Atwin made a breakthrough for the Green Party winning the seat of

Liberal Dominic LeBlanc was re-elected in Beausejour while campaigning mainly
from a hospital bed while he battles cancer.

But the Conservatives took three seats away from the Liberals.  Rob Moore, a
cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, returned Fundy Royal to the
Conservatives easily beating incumbent Alaina Lockhart. In New Brunswick
Southwest, Conservative John Williamson regained his seat defeating incumbent
Karen Ludwig.  Conservative Richard Bragdon won Tobique-Mactaquac taking it
back from the Grits.

The Greens showed strength in the whole province, not just Fredericton as the
NDP support dropped was almost cut in half to 9.5% of the vote this time
compared to 2015. The Greens vote count was up to 16.8$ from 4.7% in 2015.