Elections in New Brunswick: Impasse and the end of the two-party system

N.B. Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and PC Leader Blaine Higgs (Photo Credit: Canadian Press)The New Brunswick elections of Sept. 24th ended in a historical impasse. The Brian Gallant Liberals won the popular vote while only clinching 21 seats against the 22 seats won by the Progressive Conservative party led by Blaine Higgs. These results mean that for the first time since 1920, New Brunswick will have a minority government. While both party leaders have confirmed their intentions to form the government, weeks after the ballots have been counted it is still unclear which party will be able to succeed.

Nova Scotia election signals need to organize

stephen mcneil nov15 720On May 30, the Nova Scotia Liberals and Stephen McNeil became the first government in the province since 1988 to win consecutive majorities. Emboldened by the win, McNeil signalled that public sector unions can expect to face a hard line in upcoming negotiations.

Crisis and Austerity in Newfoundland & Labrador

dwight ball lied protest signNewfoundland and Labrador has entered into a dire economic crisis as oil prices have plunged over the past two years. This has led to a massive 30 per cent gap in government revenues in the province and created the deepest fiscal crisis of any province in Canada. The provincial Liberal government of Premier Dwight Ball has reacted to the revenue gap by instituting a 30 per cent cut in every government agency and department, including health and education.

Nova Scotia Teachers fight back against the Liberal government

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The Nova Scotia Liberals came to power in 2013 defeating the provincial NDP and winning a majority government. Since then, Stephen McNeil’s Liberals have been carrying out an agenda of austerity cuts throughout the province.  McNeil has already targeted elders in nursing homes, artists in music and the film industry, among others, and now have turned their sights on teachers and the children of the Nova Scotian working class. After years of reducing education funding that is so desperately needed to operate schools at a safe and effective capacity, a stand-off has now emerged with Nova Scotia teachers. “No more!” the teachers are saying as they refuse to budge at the government’s attempts to impose a contract with deep concessions, which would have ramifications beyond the teachers themselves.  

Thousands protest cuts to veterans’ services in Nova Scotia

Over 3,000 people in Sydney, Nova Scotia came out to protest the closing down of the Veterans' Affairs office on Cape Breton Island. This decision was justified, in the government’s eyes, by the high death rate of veterans, as well as by the need for austerity and public sacrifice in hard economic times. The veterans of Cape Breton do not need lessons from Ottawa on the importance of sacrifice or the hardships of a struggling economy. This is a colossal slap in the face to tens of thousands of veterans from a government that loves to claim that it supports soldiers.

2010 New Brunswick provincial election: Opportunities and Challenges for NDP

New Brunswick is heading into a provincial election on 27th September after four years of aggressive attacks on workers by the ruling Liberal Party. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments, in seamless continuity, have rolled back the gains made by workers over the past half century. Both parties make promises to workers while in opposition, but instantly betray the working class once they get into power. As a result, New Brunswick workers are increasingly skeptical of the idea that governments are there to work for them and are sick and tired of the status quo. In the 2006 election, the NB NDP only won 5.1% of the vote; but with solid organizing efforts in this election, the NDP has the potential to win mass support if it were to offer a clear-headed analysis and solution to the problems workers face.

NDP wins in Nova Scotia: Now on with the work!

On the night of 10th June, Darrell Dexter and the Nova Scotia NDP captured the Nova Scotia provincial election—the first time that the NDP had won a provincial government in the Atlantic provinces. While those in the mainstream media and the right wing of the party would credit Dexter’s “pragmatism” as the reason for his victory, the real cause lies in the ever worsening economy of Nova Scotia and the desire for change that is building in Atlantic Canada, and throughout the entire country.

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