Liberal leader in Cumberland County over weekend
© Darrell Cole - The Amherst News
Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell (left) and party leader Stephen McNeil talk outside what will be the party's local headquarters for the next provincial election that's expected to be called as early as later this week.
AMHERST – Liberals in Cumberland North are readying for a provincial election call they expect to come this week.
Party leader Stephen McNeil was in the area over the weekend spending Friday and part of Saturday in Parrsboro and Springhill with Cumberland South candidate Kenny John Jackson before joining Cumberland North standard bearer Terry Farrell in in Pugwash, Tidnish and Amherst later Saturday.
“I don’t think people are going to have to wait too much longer,” McNeil said while visiting what will become the party’s Cumberland North campaign headquarters on South Albion Street. “We’re ready to go. Our slate is full, our platform is ready to go and we’re ready to continue engaging Nova Scotians in hopes they will give us the privilege to govern.”
There has been a lot of speculation Premier Darrell Dexter could drop the writ as early as this week with an election sometime in late September or early October.
The NDP government has until June 2014 to call an election, five years after winning its first ever mandate from Nova Scotia voters.
“My message is the last four years has seen unemployment go up across the province. There are fewer Nova Scotians working than there were at the height of the recession. This government has no plan for economic development other than big corporate handouts,” McNeil said. “Power rates have increased 30 per cent in the last four years. The solution, to me, is to break the monopoly of Nova Scotia Power and it’s time we put Nova Scotians first.”
Farrell said he has been campaigning extensively around the riding since securing the party’s nomination earlier in the year and he’s hearing a lot of dissatisfaction.
“I’m hearing a lot of discontent in the government with the way things have been going the last four years,” Farrell said. “I’m hearing people don’t feel they have effective representation and that our voices aren’t being heard.”
Farrell said people need to know there’s someone to look out for them and stand up for them when decisions are made.