“It’s like you are waiting for a baby,” Zann, the NDP MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook, told the Truro Daily News minutes after an official announcement came from Premier Darrell Dexter on Saturday afternoon that Nova Scotians will cast their ballots on Oct. 8.
“I’m not nervous. I’m excited. I’ve never had a re-election before … my work will prove itself,” said Zann on the phone as a supporter interrupted to ask if she has any lawn signs he could put on his yard.
Zann said she believes the NDP has a good chance at remaining in power.
“Our party has done so much about issues like poverty, helped the most vulnerable, people with disabilities …,” she said.
Jamie Baillie, leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia, told the Truro Daily News it was about time Dexter dropped the writ.
“Finally!” he said. “I’m disappointed in the games he has played in the last few weeks. People feel manipulated.”
Baillie said voters are looking for a change in government.
“We’ve had 4.5 years of tax (increases) and power rates in Canada. Thousands of jobs are lost,” Baillie said, adding if he were to come into power, he would “scrap my own pension as MLA.”
Colchester North Liberal MLA Karen Casey told this paper she is “ready to go” and it’s about time an election was called.
“People have been trying to figure out when the premier would call it. Nothing surprises me” with the fact the writ was dropped on a Saturday afternoon, Casey said.
She said her priorities going into the election include economic development, jobs and rising power rates.
“And trying to restore our education system.”
Casey said she believes the Liberals have a good chance at winning the election.
“The trend in Nova Scotia in the last 20 month is (for) the Liberal party and there’s a dissatisfaction with the NDP and the Tories are in third place.”
Colchester Musquodoboit Valley Progressive Conservative candidate Larry Harrison immediately sent out a news release indicating he too is ready for the election.
“As the party’s candidate, I will lead a positive and proactive campaign that not only represents our party but that will set forth a new community direction. Over the next few weeks I will lay out our plan for the future for Colchester -Musquodoboit Valley,” Harrison said in the news release.
“This election will be about more than just who wins this seat; it must be about who can best represent the interests of all our families and communities in the legislature. Our campaign will be about vision, ideas and change that works.”