Nova Scotia election puts Liberals and NDP to the test -

Nova Scotia election puts Liberals and NDP to the test

Will the October provincial election predict things to come in 2015?


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There’s been a tendency of late to view provincial elections as litmus tests for the next federal vote in 2015—and for good reason. With Nova Scotians going to the polls next month in what’s expected to come down to a battle between the incumbent NDP Premier and Stephen McNeil’s Liberals, their federal counterparts are hardly content to watch from the sidelines.

In a 30-second election ad for the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia, airing ahead of the Oct. 8 vote, federal Leader Justin Trudeau appears alongside McNeil, wading through a sea of supporters. The duo’s “bromance,” as it’s been called, is a strategy on the part of the provincial party to capitalize on Trudeau’s popularity. “We’ll be relying on Justin,” McNeil said at a rally earlier in the summer. At the end of August, Trudeau joined McNeil on campaign stops in Cape Breton and Halifax.

Not to be outdone, Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, struggling to be heard above the Trudeaupian-din, paid a visit to Halifax to champion Dexter’s cause. The NDP seized power in the province for the first time in 2009, and keeping it orange would aid the federal cause. “Any time Premier Dexter calls, I’ll be there for him,” Mulcair says. However, that’s a far less assertive tone than Mulcair took during British Columbia’s election in May, when he claimed a win by Adrian Dix would “translate into a victory for the first national NDP government in history in 2015.” Instead, Christy Clark’s upset over Dix was widely viewed as a loss for Mulcair.

But Lori Turnbull, a political science professor at Dalhousie University, says the same won’t be true if Dexter’s NDP don’t pull through. “Nova Scotia is a local-politics kind of place,” she says. “It’s more about Nova Scotia deciding whether this was a good experiment or a bad experiment.” Even so, they’ll be watching in Ottawa.


Nova Scotia election puts Liberals and NDP to the test

  1. McNeil sure ain’t no Trudeau.

    • That’s true as McNeil has a great deal more substance and leadership ability. Personally, having JT campaigning with him makes me less inclined to support McNeil. He’d be wisest to distance himself and his NS Liberals from their federal leader and counterparts.

  2. What can the liberals do for us maritimers working out in alberta expect from you guys about a tax break? We are paying 8% tax out west then when we come here we pay 15% tax on everything what can you do for us supporting eastern Canada?

    • You should be asking yourself what you can do for your home province to help it, and not be selfishly asking for tax breaks. If you like Alberta and its taxes, please stay there.

  3. What kind of help is nova scotia going to bennifet from the pipeline going to irving ship yard in st.john nb will we be paying cheaper fuel prices like alberta? they pay 1.06 a liter and what kind of pays are the people with the land going to receive by having pipe lines going through their land they pay well over 1million dollars per pipe line going through their land out west each line?

  4. Since nova scotia gave 486 billion dollars away to another country does that mean each province must give 486 billion dollars worth of assets away to other countries? who will give each of our provinces 486 billion dollars worth of assets or jobs for 1 billion in exchange?