West Hants completely ‘wet’ following liquor plebiscite

Published on February 12, 2017

An election worker hands a ballot to a voter.

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WEST HANTS, N.S. - The era of alcohol bans in West Hants is over.

A Feb. 7 plebiscite has changed how liquor sales will take place across the municipality.

It was a simple question: “Are you in favour of the sale of liquor in your municipality in accordance with the Liquor Control Act?”

The unofficial results show 269 in favour, 28 opposed in the five districts – 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 – affected.

This means that the entire municipality is essentially ‘wet,’ meaning liquor sales, with proper licensing and approval, can happen anywhere in the county.

Turnout wasn’t massive, with only 297 out of approximately 4,000 eligible voters casting a ballot, or 7.4 per cent.

Garth Hazel, returning officer for the plebiscite, said those numbers are common for these kind of votes.

“It was basically what we expected,” Hazel said.

There were three polls at two polling locations for the five districts; two at the Three Miles Plains Community Hall and another at the Summerville Fire Hall.

The polling took place between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A similar plebiscite in Avondale in 2011 and again in Falmouth in 2015 provided similar results.