East Coast politics is traditionally the most intense in Canada (with the possible exception of Saskatchewan’s brand). But lately the news out of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia has been even more bruising than usual. Former wunderkind Shawn Graham, New Brunswick’s Liberal premier, says he’s determined to lead his party into an election slated for next September, even though his landmark deal to sell NB Power, the province’s electrical utility, to Quebec fell through after a popular backlash against the sale. The 42-year-old Graham had to beat back questions about whether he’s about to resign. And then there’s NDP Premier Darrell Dexter in Nova Scotia, who had his Throne Speech overshadowed this week by the need to kick an MP out of his caucus in the latest development of a long-running expenses scandal. Nova Scotia has been roiling for weeks over revelations from the provincial auditor general over systematic misspending by politicians.