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Nova Scotia Election 2013: A Look At The Major Parties' Promises

10/06/2013 04:16 EDT | Updated 12/06/2013 05:12 EST
HALIFAX - A look at some of the major promises from the three main political parties in Nova Scotia's election:

Liberals:

— Allow private renewable energy producers to sell electricity directly to consumers in what they say would break Nova Scotia Power's monopoly.

— Reduce the number of health boards from 10 to two.

— Reduce departmental spending except for Health and Education by one per cent annually.

— Cap classroom sizes to 20 for Primary to Grade 2 and 25 for Grades 3 to 6.

— Reduce the HST, but only if the province reaches a surplus that would offset the loss of revenue from the tax cut.

Total cost of election platform: $46.7 million annually over three years.

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NDP:

— Balance the budget.

— Reduce the HST from 15 per cent to 13 per cent over the next two years.

— Remove the HST from family purchases such as strollers and car seats.

— Open 350 new long-term care beds and replace 700 existing beds for seniors.

— Open four new community health clinics in underserved areas of the province.

Total cost of election platform: Not more than $34.4 million annually.

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Progressive Conservatives:

— Balance the budget.

— Freeze power rates for five years, beginning in January 2014.

— Reduce the HST from 15 per cent to 13 per cent.

— Reduce the number of health boards from 10 to three.

— Reduce the number of school boards from eight to four.

Total cost of election platform: $47.8 million in first full year.

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