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Nova Scotia vote expected June 9

The Globe and Mail reports today that, “(Nova Scotia) is expected to go to the polls June 9, almost exactly three years since the last vote, after a visit to the Lieutenant-Governor today by Premier Rodney MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald’s minority Progressive Conservative government fell yesterday evening on a finance bill…”
A Corporate Research Associates poll from two months ago has raised hopes of the first NDP government in Nova Scotia. “The results show the NDP leading with 36 per cent and the Liberals and Tories essentially tied at 31 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively.”

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports that, “The Tories launched a Risky NDP campaign in February, claiming the New Democrats have wild spending plans in store. Fisheries Minister Ron Chisholm has also predicted that rural Nova Scotia could ‘kiss their ass goodbye because she’s all over’ if the New Democrats are elected.”

The Globe adds, “As of last night, standings in the 52-seat legislature were: Conservatives, 21; NDP 20; Liberals nine; one Independent and one vacant seat.”

The Council of Canadians has chapters in Annapolis Valley, Halifax, Pictou County, South Shore, and Tatamagouche. They will undoubtedly be raising the issues of fair trade, energy security, water justice, public health care, and more during this election.

The Globe and Mail article is at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090505.wnsbudget05art2239/BNStory/politics/home

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald report is at http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1120305.html

You can also read a CBC report on the election call is at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/05/04/ns-tory-government-falls.html