Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter called an election for Oct. 8, seeking a second mandate in the eastern Canadian province for his New Democratic Party.
Dexter made the announcement today in Port Hawkesbury, Canadian Press reported. He has pledged to maintain a balanced budget while removing a provincial sales tax on some household items.
The NDP’s support among 31 percent of voters trailed the Liberal Party by 10 percentage points, according to a Corporate Research Associates poll taken last month. Nova Scotia’s economic growth of 1.2 percent this year will be the third slowest among the country’s 10 provinces, according to a Bank of Montreal forecast.
Dexter led his party to power for the first time in the last campaign, and held 31 seats in the legislature when the election was called today. The Liberals had 12 seats, the Progressive Conservatives held seven, with two vacancies.