I have no idea! But it’s always nice to be wandering into the unknown. Let’s take a look at some things I want to see, and whether they’ll come to pass:
Proportional Representation: I’ve wanted to see our voting system changed to something progressive since I was about 10 years old and could first understand that in FPTP you don’t vote for something, you vote against something. Unfortunately, I don’t see Dexter moving towards a fair vote system in his first term. Why not? First off, it wasn’t one of the campaign promises. Second, it would be considered “risky” (even though most of the rest of the world has discarded FPTP), and the last thing the NSNDP want to be seen as is “risky”. This election wasn’t about big, sweeping change so much as it was about ending the incompetence, dishonesty, and corruption Nova Scotians have continually voted for in the other two parties.
Fiscal Responsibility: This province’s finances are in shambles. Our debt is too big for our population (and income) to handle. The Conservatives have shackled us with yet another unbalanced budget. I have no idea how Dexter can fix this legacy of mismanagement gifted to us by the other two parties, especially during a global depression. My only hope is that he uses government investment as a tool to create local infrastructure, to keep small businesses opening and growing, and to stimulate green investment in our energy sector, such as it is.
On that last point, Dexter may have to do something surprising with NS Power, perhaps allowing competition in the local energy sector and removing the corporation’s guaranteed 10% profit margin, or maybe legislating ceilings for their executive salaries and bonuses. Perhaps they’ll need to turn it into a crown corporation again. I don’t know, but I do know that NS Power represents a huge infrastructure stumbling block for this province, given their high power rates and their inconsistency with the whole power delivery thing.
Provincial-Federal relations: Oh shit. We have an NDP government provincially, and a spiteful, heartless fucker who doesn’t care if the people of this province all starve to death on his watch, just to spite our uppityness. He probably thinks we should just all move to Alberta already. These relations could sour a bit, methinks. Probably not as much as the relations between the feds and Newfoundland (we love you, Danny!), but we may be getting the pointy end of the federal stick soon enough.
That’s all I can think of this morning. Enjoy the moment, everyone! The real work of unraveling the disasters of the past 140 years begins today!