OTTAWA — With less than a week until the votes are counted in the Nova Scotia provincial election, the stars appear to be lining up for a big win by Stephen McNeil and the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
A new poll, commissioned for Sun News Network, shows that the Liberals have a wide lead over the NDP incumbent and the third party Progressive Conservatives and are seen by more Nova Scotians as the party best able to deal with what voters say is their No. 1 issue — jobs and the economy.
Nova Scotians surveyed Monday and Tuesday night in a person-to-person telephone poll by Abacus Data also ranked McNeil higher than incumbent Premier Darrell Dexter and Nova Scotia PC Leader Jamie Baillie as "best leader" and higher when it came to "best premier."
Election day is Oct. 8 and if McNeil prevails he will join Quebec Premier Pauline Marois as the only two challengers to unseat an incumbent in eight provincial elections and one federal election since the spring of 2011.