Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Well who would have thought! An NDP majority government east of Ontario. That is a remarkable feat. Following from here in Alberta, I was convinced the Liberal party was going to replace the Tory party in another minority. WOW! I stand corrected!!!
This Globe and Mail article is pretty good. The comments on it are passable, but nothing out of the ordinary or anything that jumps out at you. What I like about Dexter's policies, echoing the article, is that he moves the NDP away from the fringes of the left. In today's world climate, strong left or right wing policies will get you no where.

People want to feel safe, not radical. An example, of what I hope to be their style of government, was the NDP's opposition to the utility rate conservation surcharge. These things always irritate me!! The companies will benefit in the short-term and long-term from profits due to conservation measures. Paying for the infrastructure change and/or modification should not be incurred by the customer. This is jumping along the lines of theft in my books. You can read about Dex's opposition here.

It will be really interesting to see how Dexter implements the changes he is suggesting on his platform. Personally I am a fan of bullets 4 and 5. I would wager that the tax reduction on energy and a commitment to build up road infrastructure scored him some big votes in the rural sector.

I haven't been able to dig up who he is naming to cabinet - most likely because he has yet to name them :P Anyhow, I thought this voting history snapshot was pretty interesting. Cheers everyone.

Here's a snapshot of election results from Nova Scotia dating back to 1970

  • Oct. 13, 1970: Liberal 23, Progressive Conservative 21, NDP 2.

  • April 2, 1974: Liberal 31, Progressive Conservative 12, NDP 3.

  • Sept. 19, 1978: Liberal 17, Progressive Conservative 31, NDP 4.

  • Oct. 6, 1981: Liberal 13, Progressive Conservative 37, NDP 1, Independent 1.

  • Nov. 6, 1984: Liberal 6, Progressive Conservative 42, NDP 3, Cape Breton Labour Party 1.

  • Sept. 6, 1988: Liberal 20, Progressive Conservative 29, NDP 2, Independent 1.

  • May 25, 1993: Liberal 40, Progressive Conservative 9, NDP 3.

  • March 24, 1998: Liberal 19, Progressive Conservative 14, NDP 19.

  • July 27, 1999: Liberal 11, Progressive Conservative 30, NDP 11.

  • Aug. 5, 2003: Liberal 12, Progressive Conservative 25, NDP 15.

  • June 13, 2006: Liberal 9, Progressive Conservative 23, NDP 20.

The above information is from CP

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