If you needed any proof that grey power rules Maritime politics, check out the party platforms in the Nova Scotia provincial election. On the Liberal side, leader Stephen McNeil says he will dump the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax on funerals. Sure, dead people don’t vote, the party reasons. But pensioners do, and few of them like the idea of the state chipping away at their kids’ inheritance. Meantime, the Tories have promised a province-wide curfew for everyone under the age of 15, which theoretically would see the streets cleared of junior high-schoolers by 1 a.m. This too appears aimed squarely at the over-60 set, which has had enough of these late-night shenanigans kids get up to nowadays.