There has been a lot of criticism of the New Democratic Party (NDP) government in Nova Scotia.
I frequently hear that they are too close to big business or they are not radical enough or too right wing. I have some sympathy with these sentiments. I would prefer a party and a government with a more radical agenda and I would certainly describe myself to the left of Darrell Dexter. However, to paraphrase Mr. Dexter we are not choosing the perfect party to completely align with all our views and beliefs, we are choosing the best party among those on offer.
As a Labour party supporter in England under Tony Blair I had often experienced the feeling of disappointment that a party which was supposed to be of the labour movement was failing to meet that expectation. Many people wanted to get rid of the Labour government and foolishly voted Liberal Democrat in the election of 2010. The Liberals had painted themselves as more radical than Labour and fooled many people. Voting Liberal Democrat delivered a minority government and the Liberals formed a coalition with the Conservative Party which put David Cameron in Downing Street.
The resulting coalition in the UK has been the most backward looking reactionary government since Margaret Thatcher.
Voting against something can deliver you something far worse.
Nova Scotia is Better because of the NDP
NDP in Nova Scotia have:
- increased the minimum wage when the Liberals and Conservatives voted against it
- increased the age for free dental care from 10 to 13
- bought the Bowater lands for the people of the province
- introduced anti-discrimination legislation for transgender people
- protected vast tracts of Nova Scotia’s land for the future
I truly believe that the NDP will be better than the Liberals and certainly better than the Conservatives. I guess some people were disillusioned with the Conservatives prior to 2009 and voted NDP as a protest… of course they may be disappointed by this government but I believe, on balance, they are the best party to lead Nova Scotia and will be getting my vote.