Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Opposition Liberals Continue Run of Byelection Victories in Newfoundland

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Opposition Liberals Continue Run of Byelection Victories in Newfoundland

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Liberals take Newfoundland byelection

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CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's Tory premier has lost his first major test in a byelection, with the defeat of his party's candidate in a Progressive Conservative stronghold.

Liberal Rex Hillier took a narrow victory in the district of Conception Bay South, west of St. John's, on Wednesday evening, defeating Tory candidate Barry Petten.

Unofficial results from Elections Newfoundland and Labrador had Hillier with 2102 votes and Petten at 2026 after all 44 polls were counted.

The NDP's Cameron Mercer-Maillet ran a distant third, with just 130 votes.

The district is next door to the riding held by Paul Davis, who was sworn in as premier on Sept. 26.

The Tory government has now lost five straight byelections to the Opposition Liberals in the last 16 months, four of them in districts held by former cabinet ministers.

With the Liberal win, there are 29 Progressive Conservative members, 14 Liberals, three NDP and two vacant seats. …

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