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Cumberland South NDP candidate Larry Duchesne is campaigning on the party's commitments to seniors. Joining him on one stop was party-faithful and past-candidate Barbara Jack.
SPRINGHILL – Cumberland South New Democratic Party candidate Larry Duchesne is on a campaign without a headquarters.
During an election call, opening a campaign headquarters is often the starting line for a candidate but Duchesne forgone tradition to get to door knocking and meeting with constituents while using the reserves to boost his profile as the newcomer to the Cumberland South riding.
“It freed up some money, so there’s some good points to it,” Duchesne said.
In the lead up to the election call, Duchesne was building a platform largely on the provincial government’s agenda but now that the writ is dropped he’s localized the platform, focusing on how the NDP will benefit local seniors.
“We have a very large percentage of seniors in Cumberland South compared to the rest of the province,” Duchesne said. “Keeping seniors in the homes longer, that’s something of particular interest in our area.”
The NDP announced if elected they will create a Provincial Advisor on Seniors, whose task will be to find collaborative ways of meeting the needs of seniors. The NDP also rolled out the Enhanced Supportive Care program, which offers low-income seniors with cognitive impairments up to $800 a month for personal care, respite, snow removal or housekeeping. The NDP have also promised to expand its Home Care program, which was rolled out three years ago.
Cumberland South incumbent MLA and leader of the Progressive Conservatives Jamie Baillie and Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson appear frontrunners for the contested riding, especially in Springhill where Jackson resides, since the NDP fell out of favour with the riding when it cancelled the construction of a new jail in the former mining community, but Duchesne says don’t dismiss the party’s chances just yet.
“It’s a totally different campaign once you get out of Springhill,” Duchesne said. “In the areas of Advocate and Parrsboro the issues are different.”
Nova Scotia will elect its next government Tuesday, Oct. 8.