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Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter announces the NDP platform in Halifax on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Dexter, whose party has been in power for more than four years, wouldn't say when he is going to call an election.
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter calls a provincial election for Oct. 8 with the economy, leadership and energy expected to be the big issues in the 31-day campaign.
A spokeswoman for Dexter confirmed the announcement in the Cape Breton town of Port Hawkesbury, where his government helped keep a paper mill running with a $124.5-million aid package in 2012.
The NDP released its platform Friday, promising to remove balance the books for the next four years while removing the harmonized sales tax on family purchases such as car seats and strollers.
The Liberals and Progressive Conservatives have yet to release their platforms.
At dissolution, the NDP held 31 seats in the legislature, the Liberals 12 and the Tories seven.
Two seats were vacant.