New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives win majority in pandemic vote

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New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservatives won re-election Monday night with a majority government for Premier Blaine Higgs, who last month called a snap election, the first provincial vote to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higgs won his coveted majority after two years of leading the province’s first minority government since 1920. The victory ends a streak of four consecutive single-term governments. The PCs were elected in 27 ridings, two more than the 25 needed for a majority. “Tonight we have a newfound commitment to each other and to our government’s plan,” Higgs said in his victory speech at the Quispamsis Lions Club in his home riding of Quispamsis, near Saint John. About 50 supporters gathered at the hall wearing masks and standing two metres apart.