Oct. 8 provincial election.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s opposition parties have released their platforms for the Oct. 8 election.
The Progressive Conservatives are committing to balance the books for the next four years, reduce the size of the civil service by 10 per cent and implement a moratorium on rural school closures.
Tory Leader Jamie Baillie says the measures he is promising would save the province $200 million annually.
Baillie says if he’s elected, he would also freeze electricity bills at 2014 rates for five years and reduce the harmonized sales tax by two percentage points to 13 per cent.
Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil says he would reduce departmental spending by one per cent, excluding Health and Education, and cut the number of health boards from 10 to 2.
He says that measure would save Nova Scotia $13 million.
The NDP released their platform on Friday, a day before the vote was called, promising to cut the HST on goods used by families, such as car seats and strollers.