UPDATE: Nova Scotia party leaders already launch election campaigns on August 17

Liberal Leader Iain Rankin and his wife, Mary Chisholm, visited the Lieutenant Governor. Arthur J. LeBlanc this morning to call for the dissolution of the legislature and the start of a summer election campaign. Nova Scotia’s 41st general election will be held on August 17th.

Liberal Leader Iain Rankin and his wife, Mary Chisholm, visited the Lieutenant Governor. Arthur J. LeBlanc this morning to call for the dissolution of the legislature and the start of a summer election campaign. Nova Scotia’s 41st general election will be held on August 17th. – Ryan Taplin

“I guess that’s the worst-kept secret in the province,” Rankin told media when he left the lieutenant governor’s residence.

“This province is at a crossroads and we must continue to make the right decisions for workers, seniors, families and all Nova Scotians,” said Rankin. “This election will be about how best to position the province for a strong economic recovery, one that focuses on investment and infrastructure, green technology and renewable energy. And I couldn’t be more optimistic about the potential of this province.

When asked why Nova Scotians need elections during a state of emergency, Rankin said with the province now in Phase 4 of the recovery from the pandemic, he felt the moment would come to build on the progress made so far.

“We continue to make progress on a number of files,” he said. “We have a realistic plan that we present to the people of the province. People are optimistic and they want to know what the future looks like and how we can best recover from the pandemic. “

Rankin immediately left the election ad on his campaign bus, his first stop being the Brewery Market in Halifax, where he mingled with a sparse crowd limited by COVID-19 restrictions and chatted with local vendors .

PC party rally launches campaign

Tim Houston, leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party, held a rally on Saturday afternoon at the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie University to kick off his campaign.

Progressive Conservative leader TIm Houston waves to supporters after getting off his campaign bus for a rally in Dalhousie on Saturday, July 17, 2021. - Ryan Taplin
Progressive Conservative leader TIm Houston waves to supporters after getting off his campaign bus for a rally in Dalhousie on Saturday, July 17, 2021. – Ryan Taplin

Houston has made it clear that healthcare will be the big topic for PCs, promising to fix a system it said the Liberals failed to manage.

“We have the solutions and the ideas and we have presented them in detailed plans,” he said. “We didn’t wait for the election, we presented it to Nova Scotians. And we have the momentum. And I will tell you, the Liberals know it. They have not forgotten that we have won six of the last seven by-elections.

Houston said Rankin has spent the past few weeks trying to buy people’s votes.

“We are the only party to come up with innovative and bold ideas that can transform our economy. We show the kind of thinking that is needed.

“Throughout this campaign, I will talk a little about the bad choices this government has made. I must. I have to do it, to show that better choices are possible.

The full party platform will be released this week, Houston said.

“This is not a platform of political promises, it is a platform of solutions,” he said, adding that it will attract more doctors and reduce the waiting list, guarantee the universal access to mental health services and invest in long-term beds.

“The challenges that await us are very serious. Repairing our health care system, creating jobs and rebuilding our economy will be the biggest challenges we face. “

Houston said it is possible to support traditional industries and develop an environmental plan that tackles climate change.

“Our promise to you is very simple,” he said. “We’ll make sure that whatever brings you the most happiness, you can find it here in Nova Scotia. “

Houston said he was a big supporter of local decision-making and would not rule out decentralizing some services, citing health care and education.

“We’re going to empower communities to make decisions that impact the way health care is delivered in their community, the economic development of their community – all of those things. It’s really important to me that we listen to Nova Scotians.

NDP launches campaign

NDP Leader Gary Burrill kicked off his party’s campaign with an outdoor press conference on Pepperell Street in Halifax, not far from his campaign office.

The full NDP platform will be released on Sunday and includes permanent rent control, access to walk-in mental health counseling and therapy supports, uncompromising greenhouse gas emission limits , a $ 10 per day daycare as well as free before and after school care, paid sick leave for all, increased staff / resident ratios in retirement homes.

Burrill has also said on several occasions that Rankin’s government plans to cut government spending by $ 209 million in the year following the election if the Liberals retain power.

“But if the NDP is elected, something completely different is going to happen,” Burrill said. “The real lives of real people and what is necessary for the real lives of real people will be placed at the heart of all decisions made over the next four years in Nova Scotia and that is what will happen if the NDP is elected. “

NDP Leader Gary Burrill collides with supporters following a campaign launch rally in Halifax on Saturday July 17, 2021. The provincial election will be held on August 17.  - Ryan Taplin
NDP Leader Gary Burrill collides with supporters following a campaign launch rally in Halifax on Saturday July 17, 2021. The provincial election will be held on August 17. – Ryan Taplin

Burrill said his party had no control over when the election would be called, but they were ready.

“All we have been able to do is be ready,” he said. “To say that there are two paths for the people of the province and that it is very essential at this time that we take the path of the real needs of real people and not the path of suffocation and contraction . “

He said the government should be embarrassed that Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada without a fixed election date.

That said, everyone saw this call coming, he said. And the NDP can’t wait to go.

“We know this is an unparalleled moment in our history and after the last year and a half things are not as they never have been,” said Burrill.

“I think it’s a time where there’s a full re-evaluation going on and I think we’re in a moment now – about 18 months into the pandemic – I think we’re at an incredible time of openness and volatility and I think you’re going to see it’s going to be an interesting election. “

It’s official! The 63rd General Assembly is dissolved and a provincial general election has been called. welcome to # nselxn41. #nsleg #nspoli

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