Informal poll reveals Cape Bretoners’ views on upcoming election
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 .
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.