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Liberals hang on to key seats in 
Atlantic Canada 

[PoliticsWatch Updated 10:00 p.m. January 23, 2006]

OTTAWA  — The Liberals held on to some key seats in Atlantic Canada in early Canadian election results Monday night. 

But the Liberals still dropped two seats -- one in New Brunswick and one in Newfoundland. Both seats went to the Conservatives. 

Cabinet minister Scott Brison won for the second time as a Liberal in the traditional conservative Nova Scotia riding of King-Hants. And cabinet minister Andy Scott won in the bellwether riding of Fredericton.

The Liberals also held on in what were being described as close races, including former cabinet minister Robert Thibault in West Nova, and Liberal MP Paul Zed in Saint John.

One of the bright spots for the Conservatives was a victory in the Newfoundland riding of Avalon by former provincial legislator Fabian Manning. 

Avalon had been held by Newfoundland cabinet minister John Efford, who retired from politics shortly before the election due to his battle with diabetes. 

Conservative MP Peter MacKay won in the Central Nova riding for the fourth consecutive time. 

And former NDP Leader Alexa McDonough also kept her Halifax seat as did fellow Nova Scotia NDP MP Peter Stoffer. 

The Liberals also kept their stranglehold on all four of their seats in Prince Edward Island.

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