Peterson-Rafuse Disappointed By Election Night Flip Flop

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 13:22 PM

A discouraged and disappointed Denise Peterson-Rafuse is sounding off about this year's provincial election.

The incumbent for Chester - St. Margaret's says she was told she won the riding only to receive a phone call after midnight saying that wasn't the case.

Peterson-Rafuse led by 44 votes with one poll left to count and ended up losing by 90 to Liberal Hugh MacKay.

She says a recount is possible and questions the process by Elections Nova Scotia for out of district ballots.

"Having ballots sitting in some other place outside of the constituency and wait until past midnight before anyone knows about it, very strange."

Peterson-Rafuse says she also experienced issues with people in her constituency not having voter information cards.

She says it's not spilled milk; she's never seen an election run this poor since she entered politics.

Despite the circumstances, Peterson-Rafuse says she loved her time as an MLA.

"I loved getting up in the morning and know that I was going to possibly help somebody that day or make a difference in the province or get up in the legislature and make sure the government was accountable."

Peterson-Rafuse was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2016 and has represented Chester - St. Margaret's since 2009.