Premier Darrell Dexter has called a provincial election for Oct. 8.
Premier Darrell Dexter calls election
Nova Scotians are heading to the polls. Four years into the province's first ever NDP government, Premier Darrell Dexter has called an election for Tuesday, Oct. 8
AMHERST - Nova Scotians are heading to the polls.
Four years into the province's first ever NDP Premiergovernment, Premier Darrell Dexter has called an election for Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The premier announced the election call at 4 p.m. while in Cape Breton,saying he met with Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant at a Sydney hotel earlier in the day.
At dissolution, there are 31 NDP seats, 12 Liberals and 7 Progressive Conservatives. There are two vacancies.
There will be fewer sets this time around after electroral redistribution reduced the number of seats to 51 from 52 and eliminated the protected ridings of Clare and Preston.
Locally, the election will be a rematch of the 2010 byelection in Cumberland South in which PC Party leader Jamie Baillie defeated Liberal challenger Kenny John Jackson.
Both are running this time, while former P.E.I. NDP leader Larry Duchesne is also running.
In 2009, Scott won the riding by a huge margin, later retiring to clear a seat for Baillie to run in.
The seat has been Conservative since 1998, when Murray Scott was first elected. Prior to that the riding, that was also known as Cumberland Centre, was held for 25 years by popular Liberal MLA Guy Brown.
In Cumberland North, Brian Skabar, who became the riding's first ever NDP MLA in 2009, is re-offering. This time he's facing Amherstlawyer Terry Farrell, who is running for the Liberals, and Progressive Conservative Judi Giroux, who is MP Scott Armstrong's constituency assistant.
In 2009, Tory candidate Keith Hunter and former Conservative cabinet minister and MLA Ernest Fage, who was running as in independent, split the vote with Skabar riding the provincial NDP wave to victory.
The ridings changed with electoral redistribution with the portion of Cumberland North south of the Nappan River being added to Cumberland South. Incidentally, the part of the riding moved includes the homes of both Fage, former MP Bill Casey and longtime MLA and former premier Roger Bacon.