David Coon stepped into the history books in Monday’s provincial election, winning the hotly contested Fredericton South riding and giving the Green Party its first-ever seat in the New Brunswick Legislature.
Coon won the four-way race with 31 per cent support, compared to 26 per cent for outgoing Energy Minister Craig Leonard of the Progressive Conservatives. Liberal Roy Wiggins finished third with about 22 per cent of the vote, while high-profile Liberal defector Kelly Lamrock, running for the NDP, was in fourth in the race at 20 per cent.
Coon, 58, is only the second Green Party candidate to win a seat in a provincial legislature in Canada. Andrew Weaver won a seat for the Greens in British Columbia in 2013.
“I think that in our riding, people voted for the person and voted for the principles of the Green Party that I stand for,” Coon said. Continue Reading