Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have changed. We think you'll like them better this way.

Nova Scotia votes, British Columbia waits, the issues are the same

  • Broadcast in Politics



Follow This Show

If you liked this show, you should follow canadianglen.

Same month, opposite ends of the country, a very similar scenario on a different scale.

On May 30th, Nova Scotians elect a new Provincial government. There are three parties in play, A majority is a moving target for the incumbent party and a coalition against them may be the result of the voting. Sound familiar?

The platforms and the stump speech talking points are repeated ad nauseum by all three parties. The Liberals led by Premier Stephen McNeil speak of a work in progress, steady as she goes, only they can deliver prosperity and the elusive, vague "jobs". The Progressive Conservatives led by Jamie Baillie focus on the failures of McNeil, the shrinking employment, the health care disarray, the animosity between government and everyone involved in public education. The New Democrats led by Gary Burrill are also all over the failures of McNeil, but only as long as it takes to propose a different direction than the other two. People over balanced budgets. Public investment instead of "economic stability" that the numbers just don't bear out. Sound familiar?

We look at the common issues between Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Why is this pattern spreading across the Western world? Will Nova Scotians have a different response than the still as yet unresolved BC election provided?

Grant G of The Straight Goods joins us to discuss the latest in the BC election recount and verification process, and what might be forthcoming in any coalition government.