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Susan Holt wins NB Liberal leadership, calls victory a ‘breath of fresh air’

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Fredericton – The New Brunswick Liberals have chosen a political newcomer who has promoted himself as a new voice for the party as its new leader.

Susan Holt, who served as an adviser to the government of former Premier Brian Gallant, said in her acceptance speech today that she hopes citizens frustrated by rising inflation and a lack of health care will see her as a “breath of fresh air” in provincial politics. I will see.

She is promising increased transparency, better relations with the province’s indigenous population, and a less confrontational style.

On the third count of votes, Holt defeated former cabinet minister TJ Harvey. Former cabinet minister Donald Arsenault was ousted after the first count, and Robert Gauvin, a member of the legislature for Shediac Bey-Dieppe, was removed after the second count.

The Liberals used a weighted, preferential ballot system, allowing party voters to make their first, second, third, and fourth choices for leader.

It is expected that Hold will lead the official opposition in the next provincial election against the governing Progressive Conservatives led by Premier Blaine Higgs.

Four leadership candidates competed for a total of 100 points in each of the 49 ridings, with a total of 4,900 points available in the election.

The winner was required to take more than 50 percent of the available points, and Holt’s victory – with only 52 percent of the total available points – came after Arsenault and Gauvin’s second-place votes were counted.

The complicated counting system produced a see-saw result by noon, as Harvey was ahead in the first two counts until Holt reached victory after the final tally.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 6, 2022

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