Nova Scotians will go to the polls on Oct. 8.
TRURO – Lenore Zann feels as if a birth has taken place now that the provincial election has been called.
“It’s like you are waiting for a baby,” Zann, the NDP MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook, told the Truro Daily News minutes after an official announcement came from Premier Darrell Dexter on Saturday afternoon that Nova Scotians will cast their ballots on Oct. 8.
“I’m not nervous. I’m excited. I’ve never had a re-election before … my work will prove itself,” said Zann on the phone as a supporter interrupted to ask if she has any lawn signs he could put on his yard.
Zann said she believes the NDP has a good chance at remaining in power.
“Our party has done so much about issues like poverty, helped the most vulnerable, people with disabilities …,” she said.
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Jamie Baillie, leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia, told the Truro Daily News it was about time Dexter dropped the writ.
“Finally!” he said. “I’m disappointed in the games he has played in the last few weeks. People feel manipulated.”
Baillie said voters are looking for a change in government.
“We’ve had 4.5 years of tax (increases) and power rates in Canada. Thousands of jobs are lost,” Baillie said, adding if he were to come into power, he would “scrap my own pension as MLA.”