Premier Darrell Dexter will join Halifax Armdale candidate Drew Moore at an event in Halifax today to unveil the Nova Scotia NDP platform for the next provincial election.
Staff will hold a technical briefing starting at 11:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre, 14 Purcell’s Cove Rd.
Premier Dexter will speak at noon in the same location, followed by a brief media availability immediately after.
The NDP holds 31 seats in the legislature, the Liberals 12 and the Tories seven.
Two are were vacant.
The upcoming election will be fought on a new electoral map that cuts the number of seats in the legislature to 51 from 52.
Before its historic election victory, the NDP came close to winning in 1998 and 2006. The NDP inherited a listless provincial economy in 2009 that provided immediate challenges for a party that promised fiscal prudence.
The goodwill surrounding the NDP’s election victory began to evaporate in the spring of 2010 when Dexter broke a key election promise by raising the province’s harmonized sales tax after a blue-ribbon panel recommended the move because of the size of the province’s deficit. Before Dexter was elected, he promised to balance the books the following spring without raising taxes or cutting spending.
The decision to raise the sales tax by two percentage points became a popular target for the opposition parties and, in 2012, the government promised to reverse the increase with two equal cuts in the tax rate starting next year, bringing it back to 13 per cent in 2015.
The promise to reduce the HST separates the NDP and the Liberals, who have not agreed to reverse the tax increase until the budget is balanced.