Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Victory in Nova Scotia!

A big one, too:

Voters in Nova Scotia made history Tuesday, electing the first NDP government east of Ontario as they delivered a decisive majority win to a party that offered a modest platform and a commitment to balance the province's books.

NDP Leader Darrell Dexter, a former journalist and lawyer, calmly and effectively persuaded voters to ignore dire warnings from the ruling Conservatives, who demonized the Opposition party as a shifty band of irresponsible, free-spending radicals.

The NDP's win ends 10 years of Tory rule and, most likely, the short political career of Premier Rodney MacDonald, a former professional fiddler and gym teacher whose awkward style in public seemed to leave voters cold after three, gaffe-prone years in power.

New Democrat icon Alexa McDonough, widely credited as the base upon which New Demcrats built support in the province while party leader from 1981 to 1995, deflected any credit to Mr. Dexter.

"The credit absolutely has to go to Darrell Dexter and the team," she said, though she did acknowledge the buildup to tonight.
From the Chronicle-Herald.

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