© Amy Woolvett
Chris d'Entremont was surrounded by family and supporters at his Barrington campaign office after his election win on Tuesday night.
Chris d’Entremont was celebrating at his headquarters in Barrington on Tuesday night where a victory party was waiting for him.
With 41 of 41 polls in, d’Entremont had 3931 votes to Liberal Kent Blades 2909 votes and Kenn Baynton’s 355.
The former Argyle MLA took almost 55 per cent of the vote, and will be returning to the legislature as part of the official Progressive Conservative opposition once more, this time with a Liberal government in power in the province.
The Argyle-Barrington Returning Office reported that 59 per cent of voters cast ballots in the newly amalgamated riding that took in the former Argyle riding and the western half of Shelburne County.
D’Entremont won more than 26 of the 41 polls.
“I am feeling humble again,” said d’Entremont, shortly after arriving to his campaign headquarters to celebrate with family, friends and supporters. “Because of the work I did but also because of the hard work of the team in the last 30 days getting things ready.”
He said there would be challenges with the new riding.
“It’s going to be difficult to pay attention to my old area the same way I am used to and at the same time give the same amount of attention to this area,” he said.
To combat the challenges of giving equal attention to both the Barrington and Argyle areas he has decided to have two offices, one in Barrington Passage and the other in Tusket.
He said while there are challenges with the two areas he believes there are many more similarities.
“It’s much more fluid than it was before,” he said referring to past lines drawn in the sand between the two areas in generations past over French and English speaking communities.
“Really, culturally they are very similar,” he said. “They both have hardworking people who are hunters and fishers.”
He said his goal for the Barrington area is to make sure the lobster industry grows strong.
“I will make sure that the fishermen have a voice to the government,” he said.
He said some of the ideas for strengthening the industry is to have a lobster cannery in the Barrington area.
But Tuesday night was a night of celebration as he settled into his new riding.
“We had a couple of things going against us going into this,” he told the crowd of supporters. “I am proud of the numbers were able to pull off…with a solid win in the new constituency of Argyle/Barrington.”