NDP Takes Majority in Historic Nova Scotia Election

June 11, 2009, 12:16 PM EST

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On June 9, Nova Scotians made history by electing the first provincial NDP government ever in Atlantic Canada.

Led by NDP Party Leader Darryl Dexter, the NDP won a majority of seats in the Nova Scotia Legislature with 31 (a substantial increase from the 20 seats previously held), while the Conservatives dropped from 21 seats to 10. The NDP victory marks an end to ten years of governance by Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative Party.

The CAW was a key supporter of the NDP campaign. CAW Marine Council President Karl Risser says the newly appointed premier offers new hope and a positive outlook for working people in Nova Scotia.

"It's clear that Nova Scotians are demanding government take a new direction, one that promises real change and a positive future, especially for working people," Risser said. "This election opens up new opportunities for dialogue with elected leaders, something we were sorely lacking under the previous Conservative government."

For more than two years the NDP had lead in public opinion polls and increasingly distanced themselves from the Conservatives throughout the campaign on issues such as health care, pension protection, poverty reduction and worker rights.

Dexter has announced plans to bring in the party's first budget in the fall of 2009.


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