CPAC’s Martin Stringer examines the race in two pivotal Nova Scotia ridings, Cumberland–Colchester and the neighbouring Central Nova. Both ridings are resource dependent, both ridings are in the bottom third in the country when ranking average annual income and both are held by Liberals. The Conservatives are hoping to change that and are banking on the popularity of country music star George Canyon to unseat the incumbent Sean Fraser in Central Nova. The NDP candidate is Betsy MacDonald and Barry Randle is the Green.
In adjacent Cumberland–Colchester where Liberal Bill Casey retired from public life, the party recruited the popular former NDP MLA for the area Lenore Zann to run. Scott Armstrong, the former Conservative MP for the riding, is making another attempt to retake his old seat. Larry Duchesne is the New Democrat and Jason Blanch is the Green Party candidate.