Nova Scotia Tories and Liberals release platforms

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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.

Organizations: Progressive Conservatives, NDP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Bob in N.S.
    September 13, 2013 - 12:15

    Killer, I agree with your take on the lesser of two evils but you aint seen nothing yet. Take this deal about muskrat falls for example. When it is set in place we are told to expect stable not lower rates for thirty five years,and this depends in the power co's own words" if no unexpected costs arise." Now as far as I can tell our present grid should be able to handle the extra load from muskrat falls,but what if they want to accept extra to export to the U.S. who will be asked to pay for upgrades? I hope that I am wrong but I think the people of Nova Scotia will foot the bill.

  • Matthew
    September 12, 2013 - 14:57

    I'm seriously torn between these parties... I like what they all plan but I know they won't follow through with them. What to do...

  • Bob in N.S.
    September 11, 2013 - 16:50

    I hold all political parties in the same regard and I am not picking on the PC's when I question their power rate proposal. Now I realize there are some out there who view the power bills in Nova Scotia as being very fair,but the truth is that many households are struggling to pay them.I for one can't grasp how freezing them for any length of time will help. All this will do is let us know exactly what we can't afford for the next five years.

    • killerkthezonemhl
      September 12, 2013 - 08:14

      Hey Bob, I agree we are all struggling, but freezing is way better than the alternatives being presents which will lead to even higher rates. lesser of all evils!