THE NDP: A Risk You Can't Afford
Scary stuff. THE NDP: A Risk You Can't Afford in huge looming orange block letters on a threatening black background.
That being the title page for a 33 page document you can read at www.riskyndp.ca
Chock full of little gems like the following quoted in today's headline Herald story.
The document lists 26 items the NDP has talked about since the last election and puts a price tag of $2.2 billion on them over four years. It lists 43 other items that don’t have price tags.
But the Tories use the term "promise" liberally. For example, the Tory document lists a quote from an NDP news release on April 28 calling on the transportation minister to "come up with a plan for Nova Scotians who live on highly travelled dirt roads."
Mr. MacIsaac said that amounts to a promise to pave about 350 kilometres of roads, which would cost $105 million.
Another item the Tories point to is an NDP question in the legislature from May 22. MLA Trevor Zinck asked why Nova Scotia was creating 1,000 daycare spaces over five years while Manitoba, which is similar in size, was creating 6,500.
The Tories equate that to a promise of 5,500 additional child care spaces at a cost of $143.5 million over four years.
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Jim Bickerton, a political scientist at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, said he expects the Tories are using the website to rally the troops for the party’s annual meeting this weekend as well as for an anticipated spring election.
Mr. Bickerton said most people expect spin from political parties but exaggerating an opponent’s policy positions isn’t always a good strategy.
"If one goes completely overboard, then you lose credibility," he said. "I think that’s the danger that you court when you base your critique on pretty flimsy grounds."