Independent candidate Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin has reclaimed her seat in the Nova Scotia legislature despite being ousted from the Progressive Conservative caucus in June after promoting a blockade that disrupted traffic on both sides of the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border.
She was leading by a significant margin over Liberal candidate Bill Casey and was declared the victor.
It’s a major win for Smith-McCrossin, who now sits unaffiliated in the legislature.
On June 22, the day before the so-called Atlantic bubble was set to begin, Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin announced that people travelling from New Brunswick would have to follow a modified self-isolation. In response, Smith-McCrossin encouraged her constituents to form a blockade on the Trans-Canada Highway in protest.
The initial blockade was near Exit 7 of Highway 104 and protesters set up another near the border the next day, which led to traffic chaos, disrupted commerce and forced the cancellation of more than 100 medical appointments.
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