Former NS NDP treasurer Pamela Harrison has quit the party and has blasted the Dexter government as being unresponsive to social justice issues.
I believed that the party's stated vision of 'a better deal for today's families' actually included those with mental health concerns, lesser ability in the areas of both physical and mental health, single moms and their children, the homeless and women experiencing violence and abuse in their lives," she wrote in an opinion piece submitted to The Chronicle Herald.
"Wrong again . . . and how foolish I feel, to have imagined that the hundreds of resolutions passed at provincial council were actually more than an exercise in the creation of 'NDP Believers.' "
Harrison, a long-time social activist focusing on women's issues, said in an interview that she saw the same lack of decorum in the legislature last fall as with past governments, and criticized the government for looking at raising the harmonized sales tax.
"That is the most regressive tax that anybody could put on the citizens of Nova Scotia, and those who have the least will be impacted the most by that tax," she said.
I read the whole letter and I was confused by it - the emphasis seemed more on the governing style of the Dexter government, rather than any specific policy concern per se. Any NS babblers in particular provide some context or analysis for this attack from within the ranks?
For my part, I was dismayed by the NSNDP campaign promise to balance the budget in one year and not raise taxes, and I am very glad the Dexter government has reneged on those reckless and right-wing commitments.