I'm trying to figure out what we've got after the big forest conflagration as pulp mills go down at enormous public cost, ending with the province buying the Bowater lands in western Nova Scotia.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
It should have been at the beginning of the mandate, but the NDP government has new rural development initiatives going. How will they square with the "jobs obsession" principle?
Rising power rates and the questionable Muskrat Falls deal for power from Labrador are getting all the media heat, but are not the main issues with regard to Nova Scotia's power problem.
The proposed Muskrat Falls project in Labrador, so casually assumed to be our electricity solution by the governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, is raising tons of skepticism.
Recent polls indicate that Nova Scotia's NDP government is on the skids. If that's so, here's a view of the shoals ahead: at the next election we'll have a choice of three parties on the skids.
Remember natural gas? It was going to take us to the Promised Land. For 30 years after its discovery near Sable Island, a half-dozen premiers drooled at the thought.
So where are we at with Darrell Dexter's NDP government in Nova Scotia, a year or less from the next election?
Here's the real news on the big event at the recent Halifax premiers' conference. It was yet another signal that what we gingerly call the oilsands in Canada are actually quicksands.
If Justin Trudeau really wants to serve the country rather than the rearguard of his party, he has no choice but to acknowledge the reality: The NDP is the new Liberal party.
Whatever the result on Monday, the same large question will be present: how to re-align the forces of the centre-left into something useful instead of a squabbling and splintered affair.