Nova Scotia election October 8th
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has called a provincial election for Oct. 8 with the economy, leadership and energy expected to be the big issues in the 31-day campaign.
Dexter made the announcement today in the Cape Breton town of Port Hawkesbury, where his government helped keep a paper mill running with a $124.5-million aid package in 2012.
Dexter says while his NDP government had made some mistakes, they have learned from them.
He says the election will be about whether to risk turning to the Liberals or continuing to build a better future for the province with his party at the helm.
The NDP released its platform Friday, promising to balance the books for the next four years while removing the harmonized sales tax on family purchases such as car seats and strollers.
The Liberals and Progressive Conservatives have yet to release their platforms, but they both doubt Dexter's ability to keep his spending commitments while balancing the budget.
At dissolution, the NDP held 31 seats in the legislature, the Liberals 12 and the Tories seven.
Two seats were vacant.