Masland delivered substantial vote for Houston

By Observer Staff

Queens-Shelburne MLA Kim Masland made a big contribution to Tim Houston’s successful Progressive Conservative leadership bid.

Vote totals published by the party show Masland’s electoral district backed Houston to the tune of 71.95 points out of 100. That was the best result in the province after the three Pictou County-area seats, one of which Houston holds, and all of which are under the spell of Peter MacKay, who publicly endorsed the local leadership hopeful.

Masland was an early and vocal supporter of Houston, who trounced his four leadership opponents to secure the leadership after the first ballot. The only other candidate to reach double digits in Queens-Shelburne was second-place finisher Cecil Clarke with 15.24 points.

Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin received 7.32 points in Queens-Shelburne, while John Lohr and Julie Chiasson picked up 3.05 points and 2.44 points, respectively.

Under the leadership rules, the vote in each of the province’s 51 electoral districts was worth 100 points, regardless of the total number of ballots cast. There were 164 votes cast in Queens-Shelburne, compared to a provincial average of 175.