New Years Resolutions for Nova Scotia politicians

1. Stop saying you will freeze power rates if elected. 

Opening up the power grid to competition led to skyrocketing rates in Alberta and Ontario. Saving rate payers from the cost of executive bonuses just limited the rate increase. And going slower on renewables? Unless you are going to tear up the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the agreement with the federal government to cut green house gas emissions, then Nova Scotia will continue its move into the 21st Century. Thinking about tearing up those pacts anyway? Well you are out of luck – coal prices are driving rate increases higher than the move to renewables, and the federal green house gas emission agreement that Darrell Dexter signed saves our province billions in future energy costs.

2. Stop nominating candidates for seats in the Legislature that will not exist in the next election. 

Why declare a candidate in Cape Breton Nova when the Boundary Commission created Cape Breton Sydney? Will the party membership expect a new nomination meeting there in 2013?  Why schedule a nomination meeting for Halifax Fairview when it’s been split in two? Will that candidate run in Armdale? Or Fairview – Clayton Park? The new electoral boundaries will be in use when the election writ is dropped. Parties need to prepare properly for the 2013 election.

3. Stop contributing to the Politics of Negativity in Nova Scotia.

Seeing opposition parties cheer bad news or critique decisions without offering alternatives feeds the public’s cynicism about politics. Take Collaborative Emergency Centres as an example. This model of care is helping to reduce emergency room closures in Small Town Nova Scotia. If you like them, talk about how you would make them better. If you dislike them, tell the people what you would do instead. But pick a side. Giving the media an angry sound bite without generating any platform or policy of your own does not tell the undecided voter anything about you other than your party colours.