PICTOU LANDING – Andrea Paul says she’s pleased to have been returned as chief of Pictou Landing First Nation.
Paul received 186 of the 294 ballots counted during the election that took place on Thursday to defeat challenger Jonathan Beadle. There were three spoiled ballots.
“It feels good,” said Paul, who won her fifth term as chief. “I think this was one of the most important elections we’ve had to date.”
She said continuity played a part in the election’s outcome, given the community’s concerns over closing the Boat Harbour treatment facility on its promised date, January 31, 2020 and Northern Pulp’s proposed pipe to discharge treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait.
She said it might have been a challenge for a new chief to get up to speed on those issues.
“I feel good that the community felt the same way,” she said. “People were very supportive of the council and the work we’re doing. We have a deadline coming (regarding Boat Harbour). They want to make it clear that the date is the date and work toward that end goal.”
Other members of the seven-member council re-elected include Haley Bernard, Dominic Denny, Wayne Denny and Derek Francis.
Also elected were Jenny Fraser and Alden Francis.
Twenty-six candidates contested the council seats.