Dear Mr. Premier-designate, I've been watching governments come and go in Nova Scotia. Here's what I learned. There may be something you can use to keep the ship afloat in this storm-tossed province.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
To anyone concerned about the stability of government in this province -- the basic condition before anything else can be usefully addressed -- this is not a very happy election campaign.
It may not have occurred to you, but 85 per cent of Canadians now have a woman as premier. Only five smaller provinces -- the three Maritimes plus Manitoba and Saskatchewan -- don't.
As we contemplate fracking and the possibility of a pipeline to bring not so much crude oil as diluted tar sands bitumen to the East Coast, it would be useful to remind ourselves of the big picture.
In the name of calm and proper governance, let there be another budget, and an election next spring in Nova Scotia regardless of how unusual it is to go the full five years.
Using less, or emphasizing those energy forms that conserve by nature -- solar, small wind and, in context, natural gas straight to the home instead of in power plants -- is not part of the big talk.
The issue is the treatment of aboriginal populations, and of the mind-numbing kind that would produce the series of historic evils of which this is only the latest.
Here's the story if you haven't heard it: the Dominion Bond Rating Service has lifted Nova Scotia's long-term credit to "A-High," the province's highest rating since the agency started measuring.
Officially, we're trying desperately to get off dirty coal and imported oil. Here's one way to do it, but we can't talk about it. Why?
The NDP is in power in Nova Scotia today -- an extraordinary fact, if you think about it -- because of the ruinous track record of the two other parties going back to the 1970s.