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Polls only closed at 7pm local time (50 minutes ago) but the CBC have already called the election. The New Democratic Party will be forming the new Provincial goverment. All that has yet to be decided is will it be a Majority (50%+1 of the seats) or a Minority goverment. We'll have to wait and see.

The NDP are a social democratic party. Doing a cut and paste from Wikipedia, here are some of their platform.

New Democrats today advocate, among other things:

Sweeping environmental protection
National water safety standards
Increasing corporate taxes[1]
Reducing poverty in Canada[2]
Human rights protection
Expanded high-quality public transportation
Public health care including expanded dental and prescription drug coverage,
Social assistance policies that reflects citizens' needs and assists their re-entry to the work force
Gender equality and equal rights for gays, lesbians, and minorities
Abolish the un-elected Senate and ensure more proportional representation[3]
Workers' rights including raising the minimum wage to at least keep up with the cost of living
Aboriginal treaty, land, and constitutional rights
A foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid instead of offensive military action
Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
One wing is focused on ending the Canadian War on Drugs and legalizing recreational drugs[4]

Is Nova Scotia ready for this? Not sure. The economy is in the tank and if they repeat some of what the party did in Ontario and BC, we could be in trouble. But it seems that the leader of the provincial NDP, Darryl Dexter, is a bit more conservative than your usual NDP leaders.

The Conservative party of Nova Scotia has collapsed today. The popular vote is showing upweards of 75% having voted Liberal or NDP. WOW

The NDP won! It's a Majority. Even traditional Conservative ridings  went NDP.

Originally posted to MsLibrarian on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 03:55 PM PDT.

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