Liberals likely to win the Nova Scotia riding of SydneyVictoria – iPolitics.ca

Posted: September 8, 2021 at 10:15 am

The Liberal party may be breathing a bit easier with news that its candidate in SydneyVictoria, on the northwest tip of Cape Breton, N.S., looks likely to win the riding on Sept. 20.

According to a Mainstreet survey, if an election were held today, 46 per cent of leaning and decided voters in the riding would vote Liberal, 32 per cent would vote Conservative, and 15 per cent would pick the NDP.

Incumbent Liberal Jaime Battiste won the riding in 2019, becoming the first Mikmaw member of Parliament. In this election, hes running against another Mikmaw candidate, New Democrat Jeff Ward.

The riding was created in 1996, and, the following year, New Democrat Peter Mancini won the seat, defeating Liberal Vince MacLean by more than 10,000 votes. Four years later, Liberal Mark Eyking won the riding and held it until he retired in 2019, nearly 20 years later.

When Battiste, a member of the Eskasoni First Nation, first ran in 2019, he was forced to apologize a few weeks before voting day for racist and sexist tweets hed sent years before.

In that race, Battiste faced off against Conservative Eddie Orrell, whod stepped down from his seat in the provincial legislature, where he was an MLA from June 2011 to July 2019. Hes running again for the Conservatives in an attempt to unseat Battiste.

Ward is a member of the Membertou First Nation, and serves as general manager of the Membertou Heritage Park.

The fourth candidate in the riding is Ronald Angus Barron, whos representing the Peoples Party of Canada.

The survey of 442 adults conducted from Sept. 1 to 7 was done using automated telephone interviews and online samples. The margin of error for a probability sample of this size is plus or minus 4.7 per cent at a 95 per cent confidence level.

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