Party plat­forms

In­for­mal poll re­veals Cape Bre­ton­ers’ views on up­com­ing elec­tion

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN

The pro­vin­cial elec­tion is only days away. As the can­di­dates do their last pitches to get votes, the Post did an in­for­mal poll to see how much you know about the can­di­dates and their plat­forms.

As of mid-day Thurs­day, 75 per cent of peo­ple polled knew who the can­di­dates run­ning in their rid­ing were, while 19 per cent knew some and six per cent knew none.

That is some­thing Jeff Legge of Syd­ney can re­late to. He says he isn’t pay­ing any at­ten­tion to this elec­tion be­cause he isn’t see­ing any can­di­date or party stand out.

“The NDP hasn’t said any­thing in­ter­est­ing. The PC party hasn’t said any­thing in­ter­est­ing. The Lib­eral party hasn’t said any­thing in­ter­est­ing,” Legge said.

“All the news has been dif­fer­ent can­di­dates drop­ping out be­cause of their personal life and that’s sad for Nova Sco­tia pol­i­tics.”

When asked how im­por­tant this elec­tion is to you, 82 per cent of Cape Bre­ton­ers polled said it is very im­por­tant while 16 per cent said it is a lit­tle im­por­tant and two per cent don’t care.

For Tu­mas Mu­gridge, this elec­tion is very im­por­tant.

“I think that the Lib­er­als have failed in many of their obli­ga­tions to the peo­ple of Nova Sco­tia. I think the NDP are pre­sent­ing many op­tions that will work for us and they could be a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive.

“I care about child care, ed­u­ca­tion, work for men that are out of work, health care. There needs to be more done for vets. I am a vet and there are no ser­vices for me here in Cape Bre­ton.”

When it comes to how much Cape Bre­ton­ers know about the dif­fer­ent party plat­forms only 50 per cent said they know a lot, while 46 per cent say they know some or a lit­tle and four per cent say they know noth­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­mal poll, the most im­por­tant is­sues for this elec­tion are health care and ed­u­ca­tion.

Ar­lene Dev­er­aux agrees. “I re­ally feel that… we’re just go­ing back­wards with health care, back 20 years, if not longer. We’ve lost a lot. And as far as in­fra­struc­ture and our roads, they are de­plorable. We re­ally hope some­thing will be done here in Cape Bre­ton, we re­ally feel we are be­ing ne­glected.

“I hope a lot of con­sid­er­a­tion will be made for our health care and ed­u­ca­tion and they think more about us Cape Bre­ton­ers,” she adds.

For Char­lene Leb­bus, it’s the pen­sion­ers that need more at­ten­tion from the gov­ern­ment and ser­vices of­fered to them.

“I think pen­sion­ers should be treated a whole lot bet­ter,” she says. “They need some in­creases in their monthly ben­e­fits and food prices are too high for them.

“And an­other thing here is the only time we see a politi­cian is when there is an elec­tion and that re­ally dis­turbs me. Cape Bre­ton­ers are good peo­ple and we are for­got once the elec­tion is over.”

To see the in­for­mal Cape Bre­ton Post poll, go to http://cape­bre­ton-post.poll­daddy.com/s/nova-sco­tia-elec­tion-2017 .

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

There’s a pro­vin­cial elec­tion com­ing on Tues­day, as in­di­cated by signs like these at the cor­ner of Ferry and Walker streets in Syd­ney, pro­mot­ing can­di­dates run­ning in the Syd­ney-Whit­ney Pier rid­ing.

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