The NDP is actually doing quite well in Nova Scotia, getting its act together and digging in after a shaky first year.
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Watch the New Brunswick election for an eye-opener. Thanks to continuous tax cuts, which are great for shoppers but not great for debt, New Brunswick's finances are spiralling out of control.
A 60-megawatt forest-burning power plant at the NewPage pulp mill at Port Hawkesbury, recently given the go-ahead by Premier Darrell Dexter, has raised the ire of environmentalists.
It's a perilous road ahead with regard to Nova Scotia's financial and economic condition, but at least we're on it. That's progress.
This week's byelection results are another signal of how deeply things have changed in Nova Scotia. Not only is the NDP still gaining, but this would have been nearly unthinkable a short while ago.
The NS legislature just reopened this week, but the new NDP government had already been busy following through on some of its election promises. One of these was to institute an energy tax rebate.