It is great to live in a democratic country. Since I do not have any right to vow in the place where I was born, I voted by foot and moved to Canada.
Yesterday was Election Day. The result was not a surprise. The NDP came to power four years ago. It was the first time a left leaning socialist party ever formed government in Nova Scotia. They were supposed to help the little people:
- provide better health care,
- tax the big money making corporations,
- provide an environmentally friendly policy,
- focus on education, care for the under-privileged…
After four years of a supposedly left-wing-socialist government, these are some of their accomplishments:
- cut of the ferry service to bring American tourist to the province,
- increased the electricity power rate imposed by a private power utility by more than 30%,
- imposed a mandatory monthly fee paid to a private owned power utility so they are supposed to use greener energy,
- increased the sale tax to 15%,
- provided hundreds of million dollars of tax-payers money to save two tree-cutting, air-polluting paper mills in order to save less than 150 jobs,
- provided hundreds of million dollars forgivable loan to a family owned multi-billion cooperation for bidding on a contract,
- imposed first contract for union organizers so small businesses have to accept unreasonable contract offers.
I can put more on the list. There is no guarantee that the incoming Liberal administration will do any better. At least, the Liberals never promise any tax reduction, or lower power rate.
There is a lesson to be learned here: Never over-promised and under-delivered. Manage the expectations of others.