The Nova Scotia election took an odd turn this week thanks to a photo likening NDP Premier Darrell Dexter to Dexter Morgan, the fictional serial killer on the popular U.S. cable show, "Dexter."
Liberal campaign staffer Kyley Harris told CBC the blood-splattered image was not created by the provincial party and was intended to be light-hearted.
"We've been subjected to a lot less light-hearted in the campaign," he said.
The story got the attention of federal NDP House leader Nathan Cullen, a B.C. MP who is in Saskatoon this week for the NDP caucus retreat.
Cullen wasn’t laughing.
Wow. NS Liberals go for the gutter. Too bad. They should apologize Darrell Dexter likened to serial killer in image http://t.co/GylutXXC7T— Nathan Cullen (@nathancullen) September 10, 2013
But Cullen isn't the first federal MP to get involved in the provincial campaign. Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hasn't been shy about his support for Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil. Trudeau has made a few trips to the province to raise funds and rally the troops and was even featured briefly in McNeil's first TV ad.
"The best way to help the Liberal Party of Canada is to elect a Liberal premier in Nova Scotia," Trudeau told supporters in May.
The NDP campaign got off to a controversial start after NDP pamphlets funded by the N.S. government and distributed on the eve of the election call raised the ire of both Liberals and Progressive Conservatives.
The brochures, emblazoned with the NDP caucus logo and photos of Dexter and his finance minister, tout NDP accomplishments over the past four years. Dexter said the pamphlets were cleared and sent out before he called the election Saturday.
P.C. Leader Jamie Baillie said it is obvious New Democrats were planning for an election when they sent out the flyers.
"They used taxpayers money through their caucus office to send out a pretty political mailout on the eve of that election," he said. "That is wrong."
According to a poll released by Corporate Research Associates before the writ dropped, McNeil's Liberals are ahead with 41 per cent support among decided voters, while Dexter's NDP have 31 per cent support and the PCs have 25 per cent.
Pundits predicted before the start of the campaign that things could get increasingly nasty.
Nova Scotians head to the polls on Oct. 8.
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