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Stepping down not on NDP leader's radar despite byelection loss

'The sky has not fallen on us,' says Gary Burrill
Gary Burrill
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The province's New Democratic Party suffered a serious blow with Tuesday's loss in the Sackville-Cobequid byelection.

The NDP's stronghold over the Sackville-Cobequid riding came to an end after HRM councillor Steve Craig won for the PC Party.

When Craig takes his seat in the legislature, it will be the first time in 34 years the riding hasn't had an NDP MLA.

Coupled with Lenore Zann's -- MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River -- decision to sit as an independent and pursue the federal nomination for Cumberland-Colchester, that leaves only five NDP MLAs.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, NDP leader Gary Burrill said stepping down from his leadership role is not on his radar.

"That question is not on our screen," said Burrill. "We've had a disappointment and we're registering that today but the sky has not fallen on us."

When asked whether it is time to rethink his party's strategy, Burrill said his party will continue to press the government on addressing family income, climate change and health care.


Chris Halef

About the Author: Chris Halef

Chris is a reporter for and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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