Nova Scotians head to polls Oct. 8 for provincial election
Nova Scotia votes 2013
By Jennifer Vardy Little
Nova Scotians will head to the polls on Oct. 8.
It’s been expected that Premier Darrell Dexter would drop the writ for months now. Speculation reached a fever pitch recently when, on Sept. 6, the NDP launched its campaign platform and on Sept. 7, when the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties announced that their campaigns were beginning, before the writ was even dropped.
Earlier indications this week that an election call was coming was the Sept. 5 announcement that a deal had been reached for a ferry between Yarmouth and Maine and the Bluenose II's relaunch.
It was finally confirmed Sept. 7, after a day of campaigning by Dexter.
The announcement itself was also unusual, with Premier Darrell Dexter visiting Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant in Cape Breton instead of Halifax, as is usually done.
Dexter was in Port Hawkesbury Saturday for the nomination session for Deputy Premier Frank Corbett and made the call there.
Grant was also in Cape Breton Saturday afternoon.
The economy, leadership and energy are widely anticipated to be the big issues in the 31-day campaign.
At the dissolution of government, the NDP had 31 seats in legislature, the Liberals had 12 seats and the Tories had seven. There were two vacant seats.
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The three major political parties have named a full slate of candidates in two of the Kings County ridings, but a third – Kings West – only has two candidates to date.
In Kings South, NDP Minister of Education Ramona Jennex will be challenged by Shane Buchan with the Progressive Conservatives and Keith Irving with the Liberals.
In Kings North, NDP incumbent Jim Morton will face off against John Lohr for the Tories and Stephen Pearl for the Liberals.
In Kings West, Liberal incumbent Leo Glavine has only one challenger so far – PC Jody Frowley. There is no NDP candidate currently nominated, but Bob Landry of Lake Paul is seeking the nomination, a party staffer confirmed Saturday. A nomination date is expected to be set shortly.
In neighbouring Annapolis County, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil will be challenged by PC Ginny Hurlock. The NDP is holding a nomination meeting Sept. 11 and Henry Spurr, who represented the party in the 2009 election, is expected to be the candidate.
More to come