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Nova Scotia NDP premier lost seat by 21 votes

Oct 10 2013 — The Canadian Press — HALIFAX - The tight race between NDP Premier Darrell Dexter and the Liberal competitor that took his Halifax-area seat in the Nova Scotia election was even closer than initially thought.Elections Nova Scotia says Dexter lost his seat in Cole Harbour-Portland Valley to little-known Liberal Tony Ince by 21 votes, not the 31 originally reported on […]

Losers, dropouts to get cold cash

Oct 10 2013 — David Jackson — Recent MLAs who didn’t win or run in Tuesday’s election will collect transition allowances totalling about $1.5 million. Other financial consequences from the ballot box include a funding increase for the Liberal caucus office, a smaller boost for the Tories and a cut for the NDP. For the transition allowance, or severance, there were 19 […]

N.S. NDP paid for mistakes, says P.E.I. leader

Oct 10 2013 — — Atlantic Canada’s first-ever NDP government made some mistakes in its first term of office, says P.E.I. NDP Leader Mike Redmond, and paid for them at the polls this week. The party was handed a crushing defeat in Nova Scotia Tuesday night, moving from government down to third-party status. Redmond said Nova Scotia voters sent a […]

Dunderdale shrugs off Nova Scotia’s tough talk on Muskrat Falls

Oct 10 2013 — James McLeod — Despite tough talk from Nova Scotia’s incoming premier about the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project and the Nova Scotia component of the deal, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said there’s nothing to worry about. Dunderdale told reporters Wednesday the province’s deal is with Emera, a private corporation, and not with the Nova Scotia government, so it doesn’t really […]

More Nova Scotians voted — just barely

Oct 10 2013 — — If voters felt this election lasted an eternity, try talking to the candidates. But those who spent six months knocking on doors, especially those who lost, should be cheered by one number from Tuesday night. For the first time since 1988, voter turnout in a provincial election jumped — though it was barely perceptible. This […]

Little-known Liberal unseats NDP leader Dexter

Oct 9 2013 — Laura Fraser — There’s flying under the political radar and then there’s Tony Ince. Don’t expect to find much coverage of the race between the little-known Liberal politician and the outgoing premier, because it seemingly didn’t exist — until Ince snatched the Cole Harbour-Portland Valley riding from Darrell Dexter Tuesday night by 31 votes. “It’s kind of surreal,” […]

A ‘values’ vote helps sweep McNeil into power

Oct 9 2013 — Jim Meek — After decades of electing assorted mucky-mucks to the province’s top political job, Nova Scotians have put a community college graduate and former appliance repairman in the premier’s office. In the 43 years before Tuesday’s vote, Nova Scotians elected four lawyers, two doctors and one teacher to the premier’s office. Yes, other men have occupied the […]

Stephen McNeil inspired by family

Oct 9 2013 — — Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia’s premier-designate, comes from a family that likes to do things in a big way. The 48-year-old Liberal leader is the 12th of 17 children, all raised in the province’s scenic Annapolis Valley. He also stands 6-foot-5. Before entering politics, McNeil owned an appliance repair shop, but public service and his big […]

NS Liberals – Thank you! from Stephen McNeil

Oct 9 2013 — Staff — Thank you supporters!   I cannot say it enough. Thank you for your time, your support, your investment and your belief in a better future for Nova Scotia.    I am humbled by this tremendous opportunity to serve as your Premier. And I am proud of our new Liberal team.   We have a lot […]

Voting times extended at 3 polling stations

Oct 8 2013 — The Canadian Press — HALIFAX - Voting has been extended at polling stations in two Nova Scotia ridings because of a car accident and fire alarm. Elections Nova Scotia says two polling stations in Halifax Atlantic will be open until 9 p.m. because of a crash that knocked down a power line.A polling station in the riding of Pictou […]

Dexter overstayed welcome

Oct 8 2013 — Marilla Stephenson — The Nova Scotia Liberals under Stephen McNeil rode a powerful vote for change straight into Province House on Tuesday, booting Darrell Dexter’s NDP out of office after just one term in government. The Liberal majority rout swept through many of the rural seats that the NDP captured for the first time in 2009. That erosion […]